Do I have a sentimental attachment to it? Especially if I'm replacing it with a new version of it, or a NEW thing entirely. (I held on to my first laptop until it no longer worked, period, because of sentimentality, even when I could afford a new, obviously better, but different, one.)
I recommend a bit of both: buy the new thing so that you've got it for when you need it, but then use the old thing until it breaks. Of course, this doesn't always work, but it's my go to policy for (relatively) cheap stuff like headphones or phone covers. Furthermore, I really only fall back onto doing this kind of thing when I can stock up on the replacements... I can keep an extra set of headphones hanging around, but not a graphics card.
Well, I guess keep the old thing until it no longer works. That's what I did with my old car at least. Of coarse it also matters how well the old thing works despite being in bad shape. I assume you're talking about your drawing tablet. If you can still draw fine with it, then yeah keep it until it no longer works.
Ah I see. Well again it matters how bad of shape it's in. I've had failing desktops and laptops (never owned a tablet but they're all personal computers so yeh) finally give out on me in the past and it's no fun waiting to have enough money to purchase a new one.
I'm a bit torn on this one. My laptop is 6 1/2 years old and still runs fantastically for its age, so I see no real reason to replace it. However, I'm prepared for it to completely crap out any day, so I keep my important files backed up on an external HD.
Depends on the old thing, if it is a toy that'd be expensive, I'd probably just keep the old one. Hell, I've two toys that are broken due to wear and tear (the older toy) and was broken when I got it (not so old toy).
That depends. "Old and busted up but still works" could just mean something is aesthetically unappealing because of it's age and wear, in which case yeah, I'd keep using the old thing because there's no real reason for me to get a new one just yet until the old things becomes harder or less beneficial to use. But if the old, busted up thing is, say, a computer that's so old that the act of starting up takes half an hour, a car with a busted driver's seat and a broken handle on the passenger door, or something where the busted up thing still WORKS, but it's more difficult, irritating, or dangerous to use, I'd much rather just shell out the money for the new thing if I can afford it.
Until about 3 years ago I was using a flip phone (from before phones even had cameras lol) just because it was one of the few things that never broke on me. I don't use my phone for much personally, so as long as it could text I really didn't care about upgrading it. The battery also lasted an amazingly long time too
My drawing tablet is 9 years old and looks like it, but is still fully functional. If I was to replace it, I'd like to get a Cintiq of some sort, but I can't afford that, and I really don't want to buy another non-graphic tablet.
I guess it depends on the importance of said old thing. If its used all the time for day to day activities, then replace it before it breaks for good. If it's just for recreational purposes, probably just wait.