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Garmin Vivoactive 3 — KNOWN Problem With Barometric Altimeter; I Was The 10th To Report!

by Anura Guruge


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My 50-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 being RETURNED
— via UPS — for good.

I am getting my money back.

I do NOT want another Vivoactive 3.


This was my 2nd. 1st last all of 15-days.

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Talked to Garmin Support.

Known problem. I was the 10th to report — on the VA 3.

No fix as yet. Engineering has it on their list.

Their recommendation:
The Garmin Fenix 5 is more robust.

Yes, at double the price.


I have had it with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Not getting another one.

Going through TWO (2) in 65-days is enough.

Not sure what to do.

My wrist, however, is NOT naked.

I had got the Samsung S3 Frontier (at Christmas) as a backup, as I had a nasty feeling that the VA 3 was not going to last the course.

So, why don’t I just stick with the S3. It is tad too big and doesn’t continuous Heart Rate monitoring — for a start.


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My Garmin Vivoactive 3 DIES, Totally, After Just 15-Days.

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I left a review at Amazon. Click to ENLARGE and read. You will find it under ‘1 star’ reviews for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 at Amazon.


UPS return to “Heart Rate Monitors USA”. Managed to get it to a UPS drop-off before 5pm.


I am in SHOCK!

It had just stopped at 2:55pm. Frozen solid. Green heart-rate monitor lights not working and could not get them to come on.

Heart Rate Monitors USA“, from whom I bought it (via Amazon), was excellent. Lady called Jackie. E-mailed me a UPS return. Waited till I got it. Managed to JUST make it to the UPS drop-off before 5pm.

I am getting an exchange. That might have been a MISTAKE! I was in a panic.

This was so wrong.


I had worn it, non-stop, 24×7, since I received in Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Yesterday, was my day-off running and today (Friday) I had a breakfast meeting, in Wolfeboro, at 8:30am. So, didn’t go running either.

So, two days without running, GPS activated.

It was working fine in the morning. Working fine around 2pm.

Crazy busy day …

Close to 4pm, while typing on my PC, I looked at the Vivoactive to check the time. Said 2:55pm. Initially thought that I was doing better on time than I realized. Then it slowly dawned on me. That is NOT correct.

Totally FROZEN.

Read the Amazon review above. I plugged it into my USB port to see if I could jump start it. USB not working. Will not pair with phone. Bluetooth dead. HR monitor dead.

Yikes.

Not happy.


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REUSING Amazon Packaging Rather Than Recycling The Boxes — A PROPOSAL.

by Anura Guruge


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Recycling boxes, i.e., cardboard, though better than just throwing it away, is extremely inefficient and costly in terms of energy.

The boxes are RE-PULPED then reconstituted again as paper or cardboard. That is wasteful.

It would so much better just to reuse the boxes as many of us do …

We also reuse boxes when we do returns.

So, why can’t we have a scheme where we can RETURN Amazon boxes to a Post Office.

USPS can send them back to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In many cases they will be sending trucks to Amazon EMPTY — to pick up new loads of deliveries. So, this will make those trips more productive.

I cannot see why Amazon and USPS could NOT be able to get this to work. Yes, there will be some initial costs but Amazon will quickly be in the BLACK. Boxes are expensive, even for Amazon.



It is possible that there might be some Amazon customers who are squeamish about having things delivered in USED boxes, though to be fair you never know where a box has been. I have got plenty of Amazon boxes with cuts, tears and stains.

Yes, maybe Amazon could irradiate the returned boxes to appease all.

And, then there is another option. It can be part of your SHIPPING PREFERENCES. Amazon could give you a small DISCOUNT for checking an option saying “Will Accept Reused Boxes”.

I am sure consumer will buy into this. We take the cardboard to be recycled. So, taking it to a post office will not be that different.



I really would like Amazon to think about this.

What do YOU think?



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Amazon Packaging Is Socially Irresponsible!

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A set of 4 TINY watch straps pins
that I received today!


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EXACTLY as it arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.

There was NO packing. Nothing to break.

This was it.

The little packed had slipped under the bottom flaps!


The ITEM!


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This is irresponsible.


I just could NOT believe it. I knew what was inside. I was expecting it.

This is BEYOND crazy.

A tiny package of unbreakable stuff. It should have gone in a padded envelope.

This makes me very upset and annoyed — especially as an Amazon shareholder.



UPDATE

I tweeted this post and copied Amazon. They responded.
They have a PACKAGING FEEDBACK process — here is the link.
I used it. Pretty neat.

Send them the pictures and feedback. Now YOU know.



From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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Amazon Still Profligate In Its Packaging.

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The 5 Solar Eclipse PAPER glasses I received
Thursday, August 17, 2017.


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EXACTLY as they arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.


This is CRAZY.

This is irresponsible.


It was not fragile. There was nothing to break. These could have been easily shipped in a padded envelope.

Waste of resources. Yes, the air doesn’t weigh much BUT the box takes up space on planes, trucks and in the USPS vehicles. Plus the cardboard (which, to be fair, we recycle).

I have complained before about Amazon (as you can see below), and I do so as HUGE fan, a loyal customer and above all a very-happy shareholder (of AMZN).

UPS, cleverly, tried to get Amazon to be better by changing their pricing to include package DIMENSIONS as well as weight. Well, Amazon doesn’t use UPS that much, anymore! This was sent via USPS.


From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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Amazon Delivery Is Running The U.S. Postal System (USPS) Ragged.

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If you are dedicated Amazon shopper, as I am, you will, no doubt, have noticed BIG changes in Amazon’s shipping habits as of December 26, 2015 — yes, the day after Christmas. And this is irrespective of whether you are a Prime Member or not, though Prime Members may have noticed that we went through a couple of months, at the start of 2016, when Amazon was both leary and cute about initially committing to the ‘Shipping Date’ — since 2-day shipping ONLY starts as of when the product was shipped, as opposed to ordered.

The BIGGEST change, and it is very obvious, is that poor UPS, was no longer the preferred carrier. Deliveries by UPS plummeted. However, chatting with my UPS drivers (which I habitually do) we have come to the conclusion that Amazon still uses UPS for all deliveries that contain (fire hazard) Lithium batteries (which means most modern digital cameras).

Much of what was delivered by UPS is now coming via USPS. That is good and bad. The good part is that you now have Saturday deliveries. That is nice. UPS (typically) does not work on Saturdays other than around Christmas.

Heavy stuff is sent via FedEx and they too will deliver on Saturdays.

But handling the UPSURGE in Amazon packages appears to be overwhelming the Postal Service — particularly around here. On Saturday we had TWO (2) USPS deliveries. One at the normal time (~1:30pm) for our usual mail and one small Amazon package. Then our regular postman arrived at 4pm — on a Saturday — with a large ‘ShopVac’ vacuum cleaner we had ordered!

Then today, Monday, we had a delivery at 7am by USPS. 7am! Suffice to say that that was without the other mail. So we had another delivery around 1pm.

It has to be wreaking havoc at the USPS.

My UPS driver just told me (given I had a delivery from ‘Home Depot’) that he saw our regular USPS mailman driving out of the Alton Post Office this morning with a LARGE Amazon package strapped to his ROOF!

This is getting hilarious. So just a heads up. Oh! Amazon did use UPS last week to handle the extra volume due to the July 12 ‘Prime Day‘.


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Way Excessive Packaging By Amazon.

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Yes, I know that people have been complaining about this, vehemently, for years. I also know that UPS changed their pricing, within the last 18 months, to reflect VOLUME as well as weight to curb Amazon’s penchant for this type of grossly wasteful packaging.

This was crazy. One plastic bottle of fiber capsules. Nothing breakable. Yes, susceptible to some crushing but even that would not have been serious. Not sure how the packaging is done — meaning whether it is human or automated. But this has to STOP.


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