Samsung Foldable Phone: 10 Alternative Purchases You Could Make Instead

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samsung galaxy fold foldable phone

Samsung is under fire (again, but less literally this time) after its highly anticipated Galaxy Fold smartphones finally reached the hands of reviewers. After spending a few days with the device, many of them noticed some, uh, issues. Reports of flickering screens and black pixels were just some of the flaws, as the device also appeared to be prone to breakage. At $1,980, this puppy doesn’t come cheap, or, apparently, in full working condition.

For tech enthusiasts everywhere, this is sure to be a disappointment, so here’s a list of 10 things you can buy instead for $2,000 that will actually, you know, work.

10. 561 Packs of Oreos

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Oh! Oh! Oreo

It isn’t called America’s favorite cookie for nothing. In a study published in 2013, researchers from Connecticut College declared Oreos more addictive than cocaine and, honestly, it’s not hard to see why. Thick, sugary cream slabbed between two chocolate cookies — what’s not to love? And, for Game of Thrones fans, you can even purchase Oreos with your favorite house imprinted on each delectable cookie. (Just handle with care if you want to keep your cookie intact; they’ve also been known to have pretty easy breakage.)

Based on the average price of of $3.56 per package of 45 Oreos, that rounds out to a total of 25,245 Oreos, with a little extra leftover to purchase a gallon of milk for dipping.

9. Roughly 2 Years of the Average Person’s Student Loan Interest

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Paying for soaring rent costs plus student loans every month feels like a cruel joke, especially when you log in to your loan provider account to find the number hasn’t budged at all. These days, we’ve got enough to be anxious about, so why not ease some of that anxiety by watching your lump sum go down for once.

The average percentage for a federal student loan is around four percent. Assuming you’re paying off a $30,000 principle loan, you’re looking at about $500 per year in interest, leaving you with enough money to pay off two years of accrued interest (if you forego the Fold, that is).

8. 500 Starbucks Grande-Sized Cold Brew Cups

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Brew me. 

Unless you’re one of those superhumans who wakes up early and with a smile on your face, then you’re probably gonna need some coffee stat. With warmer days upon us, there’s no better way to start the morning than with a velvety smooth cold brew pumping through your veins.

Cold brew is considered a novelty drink, as it runs somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 for a grande size at Starbucks. So for $2,000, you’re looking at approximately 500 cups of sweet, sweet brew. Might as well get yourself a Starbucks rewards card while you’re at it so you can rack up those points.

7. 15 Tickets to Opening Day of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy's Edge is a Star Wars theme park from Disney.

Quite possibly one of the most anticipated theme parks since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter landed at Universal Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is likely to bring out swarms of nerds. Get yourself to the park before chaos ensues and prices skyrocket. With build-your-own lightsabers and a ride centered around Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, this 14-acre park looks to deliver big.

The park officially opens at Disneyland California on May 31, so be sure to reserve your tickets soon. One-day tickets are priced at around $129, which means you can also bring along 14 of your closest friends to help fight for the Resistance.

6. A Shiba Inu Puppy

Shiba Inu

All dogs are 13/10 good boys, but not every breed has risen to internet stardom quite like the Shiba Inu, who are of doge meme fame and the face of Dogecoin.

These little guys are playfully energetic, confident, and bound to make the perfect companion. So why not adopt one now?

5. Floor Seats to See Ariana Grande Perform Live

Few have enough star power and a wide enough vocal range to put on a performance like Ariana Grande. Since the release of her hit song, “Thank U, Next,” this past November, the single has broken many records, including most plays in a single day by a female artist on Spotify. Girl’s come a long way since her days on Nickelodeon.

Summer is fast approaching, which means concert season will soon be in full swing. Snag you and a friend floor tickets to the Sweetener tour at a city near you.

4. Round-Trip Airfare and a Hotel Stay for 1 to Australia

Australia

Skip the rainy days of spring and instead visit the land down under for the ultimate vacation. Round-trip flights are currently being offered at around $1,300, leaving you a little leftover for hotel or Airbnb accommodations.

3. Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix Subscriptions for FIVE Families

Netflix

The golden age of television isn’t slowing down anytime soon, as it seems like every week there’s a new tv show being added to the Netflix library. And that’s just Netflix! Let’s not forget about the other Big Two players: Hulu and Amazon Prime. In April alone, we’ve got the premiere of a new comedy, Ramy, from 25-year-old stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef coming to Hulu, Amazon Prime’s crime procedural series Bosch returns for Season 5, both on April 19; and a new comedy called Bonding, about a dominatrix who meets up with her old high school friend years later in NYC and enlists him as her assistant, which hits Netflix on April 24.

Unless you want to continue living out your days under a rock, it’s best you hop on all three monthly subscriptions. Basic monthly service plans for each streaming platform are priced at $12.99, $8.99, and $5.99, respectively. That equals out to five yearly accounts for Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix — just enough for the whole family and maybe a few friends.

2. First and Last Month’s Rent in NYC

If you aspire to living out your dreams in the big city, or maybe you’re just trying to put driving distance between you and your parents, you’re gonna need to find an apartment. Any “livable” space will cost you about $1,000 a month, and that’s most likely still not gonna include a dishwasher or air conditioning. Movers, kitchen gadgets, and Ikea mattress aside, you’re looking at a huge chunk of change. Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you…

1. A 3D Printer

3D printer

I mean, heck, you can build yourself a house with one of these bad boys. Need I say more?