Welcome to the 394th Metamorphosis Monday!
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Saving $$$ Feels So Good!
Recently I learned something that ended up saving me around $65. That’s a lot of $$$ to waste unnecessarily so I thought I’d share this experience with you in case it ends up saving you some of your hard-earned dollars, too.
Normally when I upgrade my mobile phone, I buy a new case for it. It’s usually a necessity because the size/shape of the new phone is always different from the old one. Plus, getting a new phone is always such an exciting event, it’s fun to give it a pretty new house to live in.
Recently I learned how important it is to do two things when buying a new cell phone: 1. Register your phone’s accessories and 2. Hold on to the boxes/receipts. Doing those things can really save you some serious $$$ in the long run.
I purchased my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ phone last year on August 28th. Phones aren’t really phones anymore, now they’re mini computers and they aren’t cheap.
Since I’m a complete clutz most of the time, I usually purchase an Otter Box cover for my new phones. An Otter Box is the equivalent of encasing your phone inside a suit of armour, a suit of armour that’s surrounded by lots of rubber padding. Short of being dropped in a lake or run over by a car, it can survive almost anything inside an Otter Box. I’m sure they make water proof Otter Boxes, as well.
You may remember seeing my last phone in its heavy duty Otter Box in this photo back when I shared a tutorial for making a cubby organizer, inspired by one I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog. If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: Build a Pottery Barn Cubby Organizer
My son and I have debated the virtues of a heavy duty phone case. I, being the worry-wart I am, like to have my phone fully protected. He, on the other hand, can’t stand the thought of covering up a beautiful new sleek phone. He enjoys experiencing the phone in its full, uncovered glory each time he uses it. I’m not sure if he even puts a protective, clear screen over the glass front of the phone. I’ve never heard him complain about dropping one and ruining it, so he must not have inherited his mom’s butter fingers.
Case-Mate Phone Case & Invisible Shield
When I purchased my most recent phone last August, I broke away from my old ways and purchased a case by Case-Mate called “Naked Tough.” That’s an excellent way to describe it because my phone looks almost naked, like it’s not wearing a case even though it is.
I also purchased Invisible Shield to protect the glass screen. Both of these are excellent products and though I’ve dropped my phone several times over the past year (usually face down on a concrete garage floor or inside on hardwood flooring) it has remained in pristine condition.
Invisible Shield was initially created to protect the blades on military helicopters! Amazingly, it’s self-healing, which means if it’s gets a scratch or ding on the cover, it will heal itself. Isn’t technology awesome?!
Since the Zagg Invisible Shield had started to slightly lift along the front edge on one side, I started to buy another one. Then it occurred to me that it was probably under some type of warranty since the shields are kinda expensive at $29.99.
I looked up Zagg’s website and realized I needed to register my product first before contacting them for a claim, so I registered it, then gave them a call. Note to self: Register products when you first buy them, it’s much easier/faster to do it then.
Zagg was great and offered immediately to send a replacement shield at no charge. The only thing I had to pay was $3.99 for shipping. When the new one came, I returned the old one in a postage paid envelop they had provided. It would have been nice if I hadn’t had to pay for the shipping, but at least I didn’t have to pay $29.99 again, so I was happy.
Next I contacted Case-mate via their support e-mail because the “clear” case I had purchased last August was no longer clear. Over the past year it had gradually yellowed around the front outer edge. It kinda defeated the purpose of having a clear “naked” case if it wasn’t clear anymore.
Again, I took time to register the product first before emailing them and they responded immediately that they would send out a new case. Wow! Excellent customer service!
You can see the old case on the right and my phone in its new case on the left. I asked the guys at Case-Mate if it would yellow again. They said they weren’t sure but they would be happy to replace it again, if it did.
I absolutely love this case. I love how my phone looks inside it and how comfortable it is to hold. I also love how easily it fits inside a little WOC (Wallet on a Chain) that I like to carry when I’m out running errands. A bulkier case would never fit inside such a small purse, or if it did, it would take up a lot more space. So I’m grateful to have a case and screen cover that’s super protective, yet doesn’t add a lot of bulk to my phone.
Just wanted to share this because when you buy a new phone, usually you’re going to spend some $$$ to buy a good case/shield to protect it against drops. Those things don’t come cheap, my case was $34.99 and the Invisible Shield was $29.99, before tax.
When I contacted Case-Mate and Invisible Shield, neither company asked for a copy of the receipt, but it’s a good idea to keep that. Having the receipt really helps when you go online to register your items since it shows the purchase date, place of purchase and the exact name of the product.
Even though I have insurance on my phone that will replace it if I drop it into water or something awful like that, it was definitely worth spending a bit more to buy these protective accessories since they are so well-warranted by good companies. Also, I wouldn’t want to go through replacing a phone every time I accidentally dropped it. I’m guessing the insurance I have would probably prorate the phone based on the age of the phone, so better to just keep it protected from the start.
Another reason to protect your phone is so you can get more for it at trade-in time. When I purchased my new phone last August, Verizon gave me $200 off for trading in my old one. They gave me largest amount they offer because it was in such great condition. So protect those phones, it really pays when you buy your next one!
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