On Tuesday, as I was purchasing a digital voice recorder, the clerk at the register asked me if I’d like to purchase the extended service plan with my new product.
As is my habit, I started to reply, “No, thanks.” Then I asked if such a service plan would cover damage to the device from going through the washer and dryer cycles after I left it in my pants pocket.
“I don’t thank that would be considered normal usage,” she said.
“It would for me,” I replied.
I’ve found that flash drives work well after a good washing and drying. I’ve lost count of how many of those have been sanitized in the laundry. Every time I plug them back into my computer’s USB port, they work just fine.
Not so with those little digital voice recorders, that reporters find so handy to help them get accurate quotes or use to post comments online. Once through the wringer, and they’re shot.
Needless to say, I didn’t purchase the extended service plan.