Damn you, Indecision!

Moshi Cardette: USB hub and Memory Card Reader

UPDATE: If you don’t see pictures with this post, it could be that your firewall blocks proxies like imgred.com, or imgred.com has gone down, or some other similar situation. πŸ™‚ I noticed that this entry didn’t have pictures when I looked at it at work, but then realized that the firewall was blocking imgred.com. So I’m not being hypocritical by ranting about websites not including product pictures when they post info about a new product!

Okay, I’m going to begin this little post with a rant.  Why do websites post news about a product without a picture of it? (Yes, I may have been guilty of this in the past, but that’s not the point. *smirk*)  I just got a newsletter from Macworld Weekly extolling the virtues of the Moshi Cardette USB hub/card reader, yet didn’t have a picture of it.  Sometimes I understand because there aren’t any press photos available, but when the article specifically mentions something about its appearance or size, I sure would like a picture to illustrate that.  And in this case, there wasn’t a dearth of pictures for the product online. What was even worse was that the newsletter didn’t even have a product link! 

Google is my friend, so I looked it up, and clicked on a link for a story on MacNN about this product, and they didn’t have a picture, either!  But they had a link to Moshi’s site, so I went there in search of the product.

It actually looks pretty nice.  It’s a cute, designer card reader that adds an extra USB port for your disposal.  It comes in black and white, but is a bit pricey at around $35 – $40.  However, like for a lot of Apple products some people, including me, will pay a little more for something that looks a bit nicer.

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2 responses

  1. Why are gadgets that look good with a Mac always so expensive?

    April 23, 2007 at 11:21 am

  2. Hi. Thanks for stopping by! I feel your pain, but actually, I don’t find it surprising. I mean, people will pay more for cars with the luxury package upgrades — Lexus v. Toyota, Acura v. Honda, etc. Also, people pay more for “luxury brands” like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Versace, etc. So it’s not hard to imagine paying a premium for good-looking gadgets (which are usually made to look good with Macs, you have to admit). You could pay like $20-$40 for a Coby mp3 player, or pay $100+ for Sony or Apple mp3 players, even though the players may be comparable. It’s just that a lot of people are so used to the utility of computer peripherals that the idea of paying more for a designer version seems wrong. It’s all about whether you value function over form, or vice versa. I go back and forth between valuing form over function, or valuing a happy medium. πŸ™‚

    April 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

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