ONly last for two years and you have to buy a new digital picture frame viewer

@suspenseful (40313)
Canada
January 2, 2009 4:04pm CST
I just got a picture frame viewer from my son. We had to get the memory cards since they were not included, but on reading the instructions it says that the internal memory will only last for two years. Now I know it was a small one (small enough to put in my purse so I can show the photos of my precious grand daughter to my friends( but why would they not make the internal memory rechargeable? Is this a case of planned obsolesce? And what happens when I want to get a large frame viewer? Will it only last two years as well?
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Are you talking about the kind on a keychain? My nephew got my sister and mom one and we were wondering how to recharge it... We thought it would recharge when they hooked it up to the computer to download the pictures. I have a frame that's the size of a 5x7 frame and it's plugged in. I thought it would last "forever" but I guess now I have to do some checking up on it. I mean, these things aren't cheap, they should last quite a long time!
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
It was not the kind you get on the keychain. I looked into those, but decided that it would be a luxury. It was the kind that fits in your purse. I got it as a gift for Christmas, but I guess they did not read the pamphlet inside or did not ask the salesperson.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Jan 09
That's a shame because I'm sure it's something that you want to have around for more than 2 years. And to keep buying them is insane :-(
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
At least this fits into my purse, but I would like one for display. I guess I will have tolook into a different brand. At least the photos are on my flash drive and my computer so they're safe.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
3 Jan 09
That isn't a long time to last. It would seriously have me thinking of not purchasing one now for sure. I had thought about it especially since it is my mothers birthday in February. Thanks for the heads up..I guess it is their way of making people spend more and more money in the long run those don't come cheap so I am thinking they should be made to be rechargable. The big ones might offer a rechargeable setup or I should hope or it is just a waste of people money. I guess in that case pictures don't last a lifetime..
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
The big ones cost around $100 and I am sure they offer a rechargable setup. This one has one in a sense, but you cannot take out the inside charger out and put in another one. I guess it is sort of like the Ipod.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Well that is good to hear that the bigger ones can be recharged. I still think the little ones should be able to also.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
I bought a digital frame as a Christmas gift, for my mother. I wasn't aware it will be obsolete in two years... I even paid extra for a two year extended warranty Yipes!!!
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
I think it depends on what one it is. If you bought one of those larger ones, you can probably replace the inside charger or whatever you call it, but this was a small one that cost less then fifty dollars. If you paid for a two year extended warranty it was probably one where you could replace the inside charger.
• United States
3 Jan 09
Wow, thanks for telling me. Those picture frames are expensive and I would hope that the memory would last longer than that considering how much they cost. I am going to wait on digital picture frames for a while. I think they're going to get better and less expensive.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I do not know much about these at all. That is awful that it will only last for two years though. I think they should have made them rechargeable also. It is a money making scam.
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
Yes it is. It is a small one anyway and besides I have to get a better camera as well. But that will take quite a bit of money.
@lilaclady (28235)
• Australia
2 Jan 09
OMG I was thinking of buying a digital photo frame but i won't be if it only lasts for so long, that is awful, I hope it says that on the outside packageing, I think that is something you should be told before you buy it..thank you for telling us this i will watch the responses on here about the bigger ones to see if they are the same...thanks..
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
It was a gift. And it was not on the box outside. I think I will look into a bigger one later on.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
6 Jan 09
I don't have a frame viewer, though I have wanted to get one. That is strange that they only last for two years. That seems to be how things are made anymore. Throw away~
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Jan 09
that I am not sure for not sure what you are talking about. adn of course they want ya to spend more money so they will only let it last that long!
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• Australia
27 Feb 09
Does it say that the device only lasts for 2 years or the warranty is for 2 years? There is a difference. The warranty means if it is faulty within 2 years of purchase, they will repair or replace it. If not, then why on earth would people buy something that is only going to work for 2 years? It just isn't in the best interests of the companies to make things that only last 2 years.