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Kid -12, wants one badly. I say no, already has an mp3 player, unlimited access to (parental controlled) iPad and computer, as well as a nook.
Other than being a status symbol, what's the point of owning one? Are we really at the point where we are routinely dropping $200 - $300 on a single gift for a 12-year-old kid?
Am I just old?
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What? He's 12 and he doesn't even have a iTouch?
-Signed my 3 and 5 year old.
If you want an "I Touch" for your kid just ask Forbin. I don't even think he charges anymore
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No, not really, but with four kids and college around the corner, I will say we are fairly conservative these days.
In all seriousness at 12, I wouldn't even bother getting him an iPod touch. Not because of the cost, but because he's just going to want an iPhone soon anyway.
8 year old is getting one this year
10 year old getting an iPad mini
3 year old has been using a hand me down iPad 1
So, with no internet parental controls, how do you stop your kid from accidentally running into questionable internet content (e.g. chicks banging horses)?
I think my first guitar came for about that much at about that age. But that was more of a meaningful "now I can do something totally new for the rest of my life" kind of gift, not just another media consumption device. On the other hand, if you get him the ipod, you can hold that over his head when your contract is up and he wants a smartphone with a monthly data plan.
I got it for $245 from Amazon Lightning deal.
He got one last Xmas...left it in a hotel room in March. and I am getting him a new one.
Personally I am thankful my parents didnt just give me all that expensive stuff. I learned to appreciate it more and also how to do without if things are tight. If he has an mp3 there really is no "need" for an ipod touch but you prob could get either an older gen ipod touch or a refurb. for $150 or less. ( depending on what you get)
Kid will know that Dad cheaped out and got him older generation iPod. Why not get him an N64 or Playstation 2 this Christmas?
Idk, maybe pay attention to them once in a while?
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Do you even have kids? Because this is a really stupid comment if you do.
Agreed. "We can't afford it." Turns out they could easily have afforded just about anything I ever asked for. They just didn't because I was better off not getting it all. I didn't appreciate that until I noticed the selfish behavior of some people who didn't have the same luxury of not getting everything, and their kids who get the same treatment. I mean, there were plenty of spoiled kids who turned out fine, too. But it CAN cause problems.
sounds like the young lad wants to begin searching: "Nakid" "Boibyes"
Mooooar horse porn!
If he has an mp3 player, he's just getting a device to play mobile games. Are you going to spend 300 on that? That's stupid.
I would agree with this. That said, there's going to be a new things every Christmas and birthday.
Parents these days need to grow some balls. Who is the adult here? Just because they want something doesn't mean they actually have to have it.
Not to wells it up, but people keep bitching about paying more taxes or donating or volunteering, but are blindly giving thousands more dollars away every year to stupid redundant technology that we don't need. That money could be used so much better.
Just tell the kid you gave 200 dollars to his favorite charity and tell him to go shovel the driveway.
On Cyber Monday I posted a link for Verizon Mobile selling the HTC One V for $50 with $17 cashback from fat wallet. You could not activate the phone and use as web/media/mp3 player. I think you can still get them for $100. The thing is basically an iPod touch, just not an apple. I own both apple and android products so I'm not "on either side" but after seeing that deal an iPod touch for $299 seems awful.
You could even do a Nexus 4 and not use it as a phone, since it is unlocked, once the kid is old enough in a few years. Bigger screen, better camera, better speeds all around. Good luck ordering before Christmas though. Grrr Google.
I do think there is a place in the market for a nice mp3/media device but the $299 price tag is way off. Why not spend $29 more and get an Ipad mini?
We got one for our daughter @ 13. Though she made it out to be for music, it's really a texting device as far as she's concerned. She does listen to music with it, but mostly she is (constantly) using one of several free texting apps.
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