My MIL is like that. If you get anything new, she thinks you should give the old one to her.
Ugh, this sounds like my mother.
Every time I got a new mobile phone she’d ask me what I was doing with my old one, so I instantly felt obligated to give her my old one. But then came the stress of having to sit with her to show her how to use it and her asking me how to do stuff on it for weeks on end afterwards... all because she refused to read the instructions!
I actually preferred to keep my last mobile just in case something went wrong with my new one.
Also, if I bought something and it came with a ‘free gift’, she’d want the free gift! I bought an electric toothbrush which came with a free portable CD player. I never had one of them before, at the time I still had my old Walkman but Mum got in there with, “I’ll have that!” which I stupidly handed over! I ended up buying one later.
When Kindle first came out in the US, I was gutted it didn’t come out in the UK. Instead I bought a Sony PRS-505 which was lovely but my heart was on a Kindle. Finally, I got a Kindle 3 when Kindles became available in the UK and Mum instantly asked me what I was doing with my Sony. I didn’t want to actually part with that so I explained that I’ve still got many books to read on there which I can’t simply transfer to the Kindle due to differing file formats.
For me, I was stalling what I thought would be the inevitable. At the same time, I was dreading the stress of having to show her how to use it and knowing for a fact she wouldn’t read the instructions and wouldn’t like the method of putting the books on the Sony (via cable to pc) and having to use the associated software, etc. It would drive me potty!
It turns out I kept my Sony and I won’t be parting with it any time soon, all thanks to PDF! I’ve noticed that the Sony re-flows the PDF brilliantly whereas the downside of the Kindle is that it just zooms in on a segment of the PDF and you have to D-pad your way around it which means it’s not easy reading.