Today’s run (street): 3.3 miles
The best time to value your personal technologies is when they stop working. Do you fix, replace or discard? Years ago, I actually paid money to have my VCR repaired. It was worth it because a functioning VCR was important to me. An issue I’m having with my Fitbit has forced me to decide whether I’m in for a penny or a pound. Actually, 6.2 (British) pounds.
|Worn and torn|
The thing is, my Fitbit’s “belt holster”, a spring clip with a rubberized housing, is falling apart. The rubber that protects clothing from the sharp metal clip has ripped and detached. This makes the process of attaching the device to pants or a belt so difficult that I’ve stopped wearing it. I thought I might write to Fitbit and mention their poor clip design. I figured they’d be horrified and would immediately send me new one for free. When I went to the Fitbit site, I saw that my problem can be solved with the purchase of a replacement holster for $9.95 plus tax and shipping.
I probably won’t bother to get it. It’s not about the $10+ required to buy a new clip that will likely need to be replaced again in six months. I get that things cost money, though I find it offensive that they make money off their own design flaw. I’ve discovered that, despite the Fitbit’s great features and attributes, I don’t really find it that useful anymore.
The excitement of occasionally reaching 15,000 daily steps or 25 flights of stairs is mitigated by the frustration that comes from forgetting to transfer the device between sleepwear, running shorts, and pants. What’s the sense of tracking only part of your activities? I’ll give it another week to decide between purchasing a new clip or relegating the Fitbit to the technology junk drawer. It comes down to whether the value of the Fitbit is closer to pennies or pounds.