Brian Tramuel helms this series. He lives with his wife Michelle, their children Geneva and Brian, and their Cocker Spaniel Maestro in Charlotte, NC. They, along with his two older children from a previous marriage, Davina and Aaron, provide a constant source of inspiration. Aaron lives, works and plays in Charlotte and Davina lives, works and plays in Roanoke, VA.
One of my “Better Thinking” goals is to teach (by showing) Geneva and Brian how to be good stewards of their ‘stuff’ and money. I try to use personal examples when opportunities present themselves. In 2006 I purchased a used MacBook Pro for $700 which I’ve owned and used to date. It has been problem free until recently, the track pad button has become unresponsive.
Initially I checked on repairing it, but decided a machine that has lasted nine years has served its purpose. In comparison over this same time period Michelle, Geneva and Brian have gone through, at the least, three different machines each; mini computers, full size laptops and a desktop. In their defense, the quality of those products may have played a larger role in their demise.
Needs and Decision Making for Value
I’m not into brand loyalty however I ordered another used MacBook Pro, the key decision … do you stay on the line of value equivalence, or get off? For me Macs offer a straightforward approach to computing with fewer maintenance tasks, have fewer viruses and security issues. Also, I only use it for basic personal use; word processing, social media, desktop publishing, internet communications and digital/audio compositions. Being a good steward of my ‘stuff,’ I expect the newer used machine to last me for ten years aligning my needs with value.