A stroll through a consumer electronics store can turn even the strongest of wills into a slobbering technology hound. Just the other day, I dropped by the local Best Buy to buy a new digital camera. The options seemed endless. Just as I had settled on an 8 megapixel model with 10x optical zoom, “Squirrel!”, I saw another model with face recognition technology. Then, “Squirrel!”, I saw a model with a “Sweep Panorama” function.

Turns out that heading into a technology buy with little more guidance from my wife than “don’t spend too much,” is unwise. The more options I considered, the more confused I became about the proper choice. Without a shopping strategy or set criteria that would meet my family’s photography needs, decisions like these are needless wastes of time, money and sanity.

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