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Cars & Phones as status symbols

March 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Since I know I'll forget about this, I wanted to document it to remind myself of how silly it is.

I switched from my iPhone to a Virgin Mobile slide/touch phone about three weeks ago (and will be saving a ton of money doing so). For the first couple of weeks, when I took out my little phone, I felt a bit uncomfortable, like I couldn't afford an iPhone or something. I was shocked that I would feel like that over a phone. Now I'm fine with my new, non-status phone. (Not that iPhones are status symbols anymore, everyone has one it seems, but still . . .)

Soooo, I'm leaving work at the same time as several people yesterday, and start noticing all the shiny new cars in our parking lot. There were a couple older cars, but mostly new. It didn't bother me at all to walk over to my definitely non-status symbol car. It's a 1998 Ford Escort wagon with 72k miles (30k of them mine). The paint is nice; it has one tiny dent FROM BEING TOWED, but is in great body/engine shape.

Why my phone bothered me but my car doesn't just seemed odd to me.

7 Responses to “Cars & Phones as status symbols”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    I'm the other way around. Cell phones mean nothing to me, in fact I don't even have a text package. I do however have new car fever right now! I like cars. I'm trying to justify a purchase because we can give my DS#2 my 2001 Suzuki GV XL7 since he'll be getting his driver's license next month. There is nothing wrong with the Suzuki; it only has 64,000 miles and we purchased it brand new from the dealer for 25K. It's the limited edition with all the bells and whistles. Can we afford to get a new car? Yes, we can. Will I give in to my new car fever? Probably not! Wink

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I don't have a cell phone at all. If it was free, I would not want one. I do, however, like the sporty corvette that I drive.

  3. melissalt Says:

    Yeah, I figured I was a little backwards. :-) I kind of get it. I definitely like driving my parents' Jaguar, and if they gave it to me I would definitely take it. Honestly, if they offered me the car or a new iPad (probably not an iPhone though) with all prepaid service for the next five years, I'd so take the iPad! I guess I'm just not a car person.

  4. debtfreeme Says:

    wow so little miles on your car, that is amazing!

  5. melissalt Says:

    I thought it was a pretty lucky find. The car literally belonged to a little old man who lived with his daughter and son-in-law and had finally decided to just stop driving. They were all really nice as well, and we all ended up happy with the deal.

  6. Jerry Says:

    I like cars, and I like gadgets, but I just can't usually bring myself to spend a ton for either one of them. My dream car is actually a used car that you can't buy in the States anymore, and I would like to restore it. I guess that would cost some money, but you are right... some people are car people, and some people are gadget people... and some people are neither. The hidden costs of both things (data plans for gadgets, insurance and gas for cars) lead me to feel all itchy. Smile Jerry

  7. Jerry Says:

    I like cars, and I like gadgets, but I just can't usually bring myself to spend a ton for either one of them. My dream car is actually a used car that you can't buy in the States anymore, and I wo

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