Luckily, T3 has fashioned a handy list of the worst unnecessary-expenditure offenders. Avoid buyer’s remorse and keep wallet set to: shut.
Tech trials and tribulations
1. Priority boarding
We’re not talking business class here; this is the extra tenner required to gain a place at the front of the queue. Good luck: it’s a lawless swarm and no mistake. Also, once you’ve fought into pole position, it may transpire you’re only at the front of the queue for the landing strip bus; you’ll have to scrap it out again at the plane door.
2. Shopping channel fitness kits
The adverts are bewitching, with enough shiny American accents and honed flesh to trick you into believing that the BicepatronTM will turn you into an Olympian. Unfortunately, it’ll only have that effect if you have an Olympian’s discipline to spend eight hours a day on said BicepatronTM.
3. Snooker-based computer games
We all love a bit of baize-backed potting – it’s hypnotic to watch and fun to play. Why wouldn’t that translate into computerised form? The complete lack of action should have been a warning sign that it was no FIFA-botherer. That £30 could have bought a few rounds of actual snooker at your local club, where beer and heroin are also available at very competitive rates.
4. Experience Days
Stop! Step away from the mouse! Think! You’re not giving someone a lovely, thoughtful present. You’re making them drag themselves to Northampton on their own, at their own expense, on a rainy afternoon that they’ve had to book off as annual leave. We doubt that a day of ceramics on a barge is going to compensate.
5. Most apps
Just 69p? Where can you go wrong? Everywhere, it turns out, as so many apps fail to hit even the pathetically low goals they set for themselves. How about shelling out a princely £2.99 for the latest must-have app instead? At least you’ll actually play with it more than once.