Thinking about buying new tech toys? Here’s average lifespan of 7 popular products

The holidays might be over, but the festive season brings a wave of new toys, from smartphones to game consoles, digital cameras to HDTVs. It’s the electronic antidote to the post-holiday blues. But just how long will all of these new gadgets last? For some home items, consumers will wait until the day the device doesn’t work anymore, which is common for household appliances like washing machines, dryers and dishwashers — a cycle that can last over a decade. For other products, however, customers prefer to spring for a new model well before the device breaks. To get a...

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