No, because no one uses mine anyway!
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 12/14/15 04:01pm
Do I need it? Probably not. That said, how many things do I own that I could say I really need?
The proper question is, do I want it? And can my customers be made to want it? I think the answer to both those questions is a firm yes.
I don't need a MacBook, but I enjoy it and will probably replace it with another in a few years, unless another catches my eye.
IPVMU Certified | 12/14/15 04:23pm
This Fortune quote:
"Better still, American Family Insurance customers can receive a 5% discount on monthly premiums because video doorbells reduce burglaries. "
Seriously!? Who came up with that stat? Apparently video doorbells are magic talismans that repel burglars.
I think video/connected doorbells are a good idea, but the idea isn't new. Video intercoms, even residential ones, have been around for 20 years.
The difference recently has been two simple changes:
1) Remote accessibility via smartphones
2) They are cheaper than in the past, most around the $200 USD mark
With that said, devices like laptops have been 'needs' even when prices were much higher, $2000 or more. Video/Connected doorbells are pretty much fringe devices that many users won't consider buying unless they are fairly inexpensive.
I voted yes, as I already have the Ring doorbell. It's a really effective unit for $200. I haven't scared away any intruders yet, but it's great to know who is coming to the door. This time of year, it's just nice to know when a package is dropped off.
I also have it integrated to my lighting controls, so walking up to the door turns on lights. Ringing the bell turns on more lights.
I also have one installed. I love it. I agree with Ari, change the question. I don't need a microwave....pry that sucker from my cold dead hands.
If it can't let people in remotely (seems like most can't easily), it's just a cruel technological joke. And one your friends might not believe at first: "Ha, Ha, c'mon hit the button and let us in!".
But with video and talkback and access I would consider it.
Btw, 2/3 of Americans feel unconnected to their own doorbell...