If you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen this...

Basically, my Fitbit has been showing pixel burnout across the screen. In the above photo, it’s just a few rows. Several more have shown up in the last week. I feel like anytime the silent vibration alert kicks in, more pixels die. 

Fitbit tried to help but this thing is way out of warranty. In fact, I’ve been rocking this Charge 2 for 1.5 years now, since Black Friday 2016. I honesty cannot complain at all about it. 

I wasn’t sure about getting a new Fitbit. I was undecided because Katie and I rumbled for a while about Apple Watches but, honestly, we just can not afford it. So we went to Kohl’s, got one, and left to run some other errands. 

An hour later, I was browsing Instagram when I saw a sponsored ad from Kohl’s offering 15% of your purchase. Fitbits are considered “premium electronics” by Kohl’s and, therefore, exempt from all such sales. But this ad had five photos attached and all were Fitbits... including the one I had just bought. 

We turned around and went back and I presented the offer code  to customer service. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t screen cap the ad and couldn’t find it in my feed and sponsored ads don’t show up in the sponsor’s feed at all.

They told me they knew of no such deal for Fitbits and the corporate office had given them no information. So I started to leave. 

Halfway to the door, Katie texted me a screen capture of the ad she found on Facebook.


So I turned around and marched back and showed them the image. 

She looked at it and said, “But the ad says ‘exclusions apply’.”

I looked right back at her and said, “But why would the ad show photos of nothing but ‘excluded’ items? That would be stupid and misleading and illegal.”

She looked none too happy and said, “I need to get my manager.”

Oh, I got the 15% and I’m here to tell you that now is a good time to get one for yourself as well. Don’t let them give you crap. If they push back, push them harder. If they pull a knife, you pull a gun. If they send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way! That’s how you get your 15% discount. 

Yeah, I may have seen The Untouchables a few too many times. 

And feel free to use the image above to get your discount. 

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Marty Mankins

Nice ending. And from the sounds of it, no knives or guns were needed, but it was a close one. ;-)

My wife now has the Charge HR. Her older Charge, which I was using as a pocket Fitbit (the band came off), stopped holding a charge. I'm now using the One. If I wasn't already using an Apple Watch, I'd opt for the Charge 2. And the Kohl's discount.


Definitely the discount. Heh.

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