The fact that my Hubsan 501S drone broke and had to be returned is annoying but it is not as annoying as the money I have wasted on accessories for it.
When I bought the Hubsan 501S drone I intended on it being for the long run, therefore I went and bought some essential accessories including a hard case (£49.99), a spare set of propellers (£6.99), two spare batteries for the drone and a charger (£28.99), a spare LiPo battery for the transmitter (£24.99) and a class 10 micro SD card (£13.99). All in all I have spent £124.95 on accessories for my Hubsan 501S drone and the damn thing has now broke.
The accessories will be useful if buy a replacement Hubsan 501S drone, but I no longer trust the brand and I am not willing to buy another one when I have my refund. This means that other than the micro SD card (which I can use in whatever replacement drone I end up buying) the rest of the accessories are a total waste of money.
Thinking about it……. the hard case may come in useful for something else although I will need to modify it, although this is going to incur even more cost. The propellers, batteries and chargers are Hubsan specific, and hence have been a waste of money.
I could try and recover some of my outlay by selling the items but, in my experience, selling used goods is a real faff and more hassle than its worth – especially if the items are low value in the first instance. Having to advertise and deal with buyers (and all the time wasters) is tiresome. Having to package the goods and post them is a chore. Don’t get me started on the selling fees…. Selling on the Hubsan accessories isn’t financially viable so I will write off the cost and most probably put the lot in the skip.
All in all buying a Hubsan 501S drone has been an expensive experience, which has left a bitter taste in my mouth. The 501S drone was very good when it was working and I really enjoyed using it. As it stands I now wish I had spent some extra and bought a decent drone in the first instance, like I was advised to do in a drone forum I follow. This experience is going to be “buy cheap buy twice”. Oh well…………
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