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Why Would Anybody Buy An iPhone?

Updated on July 23, 2012
Why waste cash on flashy items?
Why waste cash on flashy items?

The Top 5 Alternatives To Buying An iPhone...

Let's assume for the purposes of this article that an iPhone is worth around £300. Sure, it might be more for the brand new model fresh off the shelves - and less for a second hand model or older version. (To buy a cheap iPhone 4, click here)

Listed below are 5 incredible things you could do with your money instead of wasting it on an iPhone.

1. Buy an iPhone... or buy 17 years worth of washing up liquid!

A bold claim, certainly. Here's how I worked it out:

The average bottle of Fairy Washing Up Liquid (based on prices in Tesco at the time of writing this) is around £1.60 - meaning for £300 you could buy 187 bottles and still have 50p change.

The average amount of washes you will get from 500ml of Fairy Washing Up Liquid is around 100. Sure, some folk will use more some will use less, but you've got to remember we're working with averages here.

That means you will get 18,700 washes for the same price as an iPhone.

Let's say that the average household does 3 lots of washing up per day - one for each meal, give or take. That leaves you with a little over 17 years of washing up - not to mention the 50p change!

So ask yourself: Would you rather buy an iPhone, or not have to worry about the cost of washing up for 17 years?

2. Buy an iPhone... or buy the blank CD capacity to burn 4 months worth of non-stop music!

Another bold claim, and once again here's how I've worked it out:

You can easily buy a spindle of 50 blank CDs on places such as Amazon for around a fiver. So, £300 (the cost of the iPhone) divided by £5 means you could buy 60 spindles of blank CDs - that's 3,000 blank CDs.

Working on an average of 60 minutes worth of audio burn capacity on each blank CD, you'd get 180,000 minutes worth of availability with which to burn all of your favourite songs over and over again.

And when you divide 180,000 minutes by 60, then divide the result by 24 (giving you the number of days), it works out at around 4 months worth of audio potential.

That would be a long, long party!

3. Buy an iPhone... or buy 600 huge cuddly toys!

How do I work this one out? Well you're going to have to bear (pun intended) with me here and just go with it:

Ever been to a funfair, fairground, arcade or bowling alley?

Now, I'm sure if you have you'll have seen those con-artist dream machines offering to allow you the chance to clutch a huge teddy bear with the rigged metal pincers?

Some cost 20p, some cost a pound... but working on an average of 50p per game you'd be able to buy 600 chances at winning a huge cuddly toy instead of buying an iPhone.

And before you start shouting - yes, it's unlikely to win even a handful of times, but if you were really lucky and made it a point to target all the arcades in the country, winning a prize on each chance... well, there you have it.

600 teddies or an iPhone?

4. Buy an iPhone... or buy entrance to a world-class theme park for 11 days running!

Now, to work this out I've based my calculations on the following:

The price of entrance to Alton Towers Theme Park (UK) based on booking in advance online and for the month of November 2012, is £26.10 - which would buy you 11 tickets at the said price.

Oh, and I forgot to mention - not only would you be having a wail of a time every day for nearly 2 weeks, but the change you'd get would leave you with a whopping £12.90 spending money!

Think about that next time you're eyeing up the newest smartphone...

5. Buy an iPhone... or eat like a king for more than a year!

In fact, a year and 19 days to be precise (or a year and 18 days if it fell on a leap year).

That's right, this bizarre claim can be verified as follows:

A tin of Tesco Value Baked Beans (priced as of writing this article at 26p) could be classed as a very kingly meal indeed, with its high nutritional value and low cost (Kingssave need to save money too!).

Therefore, for the price of an iPhone valued at £300, you could instead purchase 1153 tins of Tesco Value Baked Beans.

Now, breaking this down, if you were to replace each and every meal with 1 tin of this nutritious product, you wouldn't go hungry for over a year. Now there's some food for thought...

So there you have it...

5 absolutely top-class (and dare I say incredibly convincing) reasons not to buy an iPhone.

Hope you enjoyed it!


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      6 years ago

      This made me spill my coffee! Thanks :)

    • writeyourwrongs profile imageAUTHOR

      John Crowley 

      6 years ago from Sheffield

      Lol. Thanks for the support - although I doubt I will: Not sure what I'm trying to achieve by advertising washing up liquids via Amazon affiliates!

    • monicamelendez profile image


      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      I would just buy an iPhone because iPhones are awesome. Very creative hub. I hope you make some sales!

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      6 years ago

      haha! can I have both?

    • writeyourwrongs profile imageAUTHOR

      John Crowley 

      6 years ago from Sheffield

      Chris, I know you would completely choose the beans. Unlock the nitro on your morning jog!

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      6 years ago

      Ok, John. So you're saying...

      ...I can have 3 cans of beans per day...and all the farts and runs that go along with that...

      ...or an iPhone...

      hmm...let me see...


    • tipstoretireearly profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      A good reminder that we should be able to justify the expense of buying an expensive item like an iPhone before actually buying one.


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