Think twice before buying custom devices

Samsung rolled out its latest bespoke devices this week. First of all, we got custom refrigerators. Next, Samsung announced the upcoming arrival of bespoke laundry devices. These bespoke fixtures allow you to match your decor in ways never before possible. You can get a custom refrigerator to match your kitchen decor and a custom washer-dryer combination to match your laundry room decor. If you live in New York City, you can match the three devices because they will all be within six feet of each other.

There is one problem with bespoke products, regardless of their size: the resale value.

This all sounds like a great idea as it allows you to really personalize your tech and decor at the same time. The same could be said for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke edition. For an extra Benjamin, you can swap the back panels for up to 49 different color combinations to match your personal style. That’s good, but there is one problem with custom products, regardless of their size: the resale value.

Yours and yours alone

Looking at the phone first, unless you plan to ram that phone into the ground, adding your own personal style to your phone will only decrease the value if and when you try to sell it. The problem with your personal style is that it’s your personal style. Someone else looking to buy your phone may not be okay with your aesthetic. So if you are planning to sell your foldable down the line, you should think twice.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Custom Edition

In the world of phones, it is not crazy to think that you will be using the phone all your life. Smartphones last two to three years before needing to be replaced. Add to that the fact that foldable longevity is more questionable to say the least than that or a slab of glass, and maybe talking about your flip phone isn’t such a bad idea. But what about the electronics that are supposed to last longer?

Become bigger

This brings us to the fridge, washer and dryer. Presumably, Samsung will figure out how to personalize even more appliances in your home in the future. Do you want a smart, bespoke water heater? Samsung could do it. But getting back to the products you can custom-made today, refrigerators, washers, and dryers are all expected to last up to a dozen years or more.

There are many pitfalls in adding a custom appliance to your home.

A lot can happen in 12 years. Your personal style may change. You can decide to renovate your house. You can decide to sell your house, and you usually won’t take your devices with you. There are many pitfalls in adding a custom appliance to your home.

It is also important to determine how your decor will match your refrigerator and whether it will still match in 12 years. Will bespoke options still be available? Imagine getting a custom refrigerator and changing your home decor to match it, only to find that these color combinations aren’t available in 2034.

Winner: Samsung

The advantage for Samsung is clear. He can increase the price of his products for very little investment. A warehouse full of covers for a refrigerator or a phone doesn’t cost that much. If the product is designed correctly, the labor required for assembly is also not very important. During this time, you will pay a premium for an already premium item. I’m not sure the math works here.

I’m not saying custom devices (or smartphones) are a problem. If you are well established in your home (or with your phone as the case may be), then by all means, tailor-made until you are all tailor-made. Keep in mind that these choices can have long term consequences, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.


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