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· A new survey carried out by a UK money saving website
has revealed that the PS Vita is the worst gadget on a ‘cost
per use’ basis, according to Britons.
· Sat Navs, Nintendo 3DS and HD Flip cameras also
featured in the top 10 for worst gadget cost-effectiveness.
A new survey has revealed the gadgets that are putting the most
strain on Britons’ wallets, according to their average
cost-per-use value. The survey revealed that the PS Vita was in the
worst gadget for cost effectiveness, costing the average Briton
£10.71 per use.
The survey, conducted by
www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, polled a total of
2,163 men and women from around the UK as part of research into
technological purchases and their cost.
Respondents were initially asked ‘What gadgets have you
purchased within the last 2 years?’ and were asked to state
how much they had paid for each item. The top 10 most commonly
purchased gadgets by Britons, along with the average price paid for
them, were as follows:
1) Kindle- £78
2) Sat Nav - £119
3) iPod - £135
4) Blue Ray player - £71
5) Xbox 360 - £205
6) PS3 - £230
7) iPad - £320
8) PS Vita - £225
9) Nintendo 3DS - £141
10) HD Flip Camera - £137
Participants were then asked ‘How many times do you think
you’ve used each gadget since purchasing?’ and asked to
give an estimated figure.
The research showed that the PS Vita averaged only 21 uses since
purchase, working out at a cost of £10.71 per time. Sat navs
cost on average £119, yet were only used around 16 times by
owners over the past two years; resulting in a cost of £7.43
per use. HD Flip Cameras cost around £137 but were only used
on about 15 occasions on average, effectively working out as
£9.13 per use.
According to the results, the worst 'cost per use' gadgets were
1) PS Vita- £10.71 cost per use (used 21 times on
2) HD Flip Cameras- £9.13 cost per use (used 15 times on
3) Nintendo 3DS- £7.83 cost per use (used 18 times on
4) Sat Navs- £7.43 cost per use (used 16 times on
5) Blue Ray Players- £5.91 cost per use (used 12 times on
The gadget that worked out as the best value for money was the
iPad (all generations), despite having a higher price tag than the
rest. The average number of uses from respondents was '200',
resulting in an average cost of £1.60 per use.
George Charles of VoucherCodesPro made the following
“It seems that people are keen to get their hands on the
latest must-have gadgets but the novelty soon wears off. These
gadgets cost a lot at the time, but do users get good value for
money? Judging by our poll it would appear not.”
“The PS Vita seems expensive at £10.71 a time, and
that doesn’t even account for the price of games on top!
Gadgets might seem like a good purchase at first, but when broken
down do they work out as worth it? It might be worth bearing in
mind in the run up to Christmas!”