15 biggest fails for techies who bought the wrong gear too early

You rushed out, you got there early, you stood in line--and you bought Windows Vista, or the original Apple iPhone, or a big HD-DVD collection. And then the roof caved in.

It Doesn't Always Pay to Line Up Early

Whether or not you believe that early adopters of new tech always get screwed, history proves that buying the latest gadget on day one isn't always a great idea. Sometimes, expensive products quickly become dirt-cheap, hype transforms into obsolescence, and early support is rewarded with a stab in the back. Consider these examples of the 15 biggest early-adopter fails (and the year they let us down) and tell us if a tech company has ever treated you worse.

[ See also: Ahead of their time: Nine technologies that came early ]

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