Bluetooth headphones have become an essential item for people who work remotely to make video calls. True, you can use laptop build in microphone or earpods, but quality suffer in that case. One of the most popular brands is Jabra, known for their high-quality audio and comfortable design. However, like any other piece of technology, Jabra headphones are prone to wear and tear, especially the earpads. I use mine every workdays several hours and as a result, the cover of earpads started to unglue showing the material under the cover. In this blog post, I will share my experience of fixing my Jabra 65 bluetooth headphones earpads and how it relates to the reverse consumer pyramid.
When I noticed that the earpads of my Jabra 65 headphones were starting to wear out, I was initially hesitant to do anything about it. I thought it would be too early to replace them with a new pair, or I send the headphones to a service center to repair. But then I decided to take matters into my own hands and search for a solution online.
First I tried to glue the cover myself with not very good result. The headphones were still usable, but I didn’t fix it.
After some research, I found this video on youtube. And that totally made the trick for me! I realized that it is possible to take down the cover and glue the ring back to the cover. I even ended up using the trick to glue the remainder together. My headphones looks like (almost) as new now. I was thrilled that I could fix my headphones without having to spend a lot of money or time.
Now, let’s talk about the reverse consumer pyramid (or sustainable living pyramid). In the consumer pyramid (lead to a page in Czech), me as a consumer suppose to buy a new product in majority of cases, smaller number buy as used, even smaller amount of cases have fixed by someone, even smaller fix myself and for very tiny number of things borrow, create myself or use what I have. This model is great for economy, because it means constant production of something and increase of GDP.
In case of reverse consumer pyramid — you got it. I should create the most stuff I use or use what I already have or land from someone. This is not so great for the economy, but it is greatly beneficial for the planet.
In my case, I wanted replacement my Jabra headphones with the new and I believe 90% of my colleagues or neighbors would do just that. Instead I spend little bit of time and effort and my headphones can serve much longer. I also now have some personal connection to this thing. This is an example of how we all should start thinking about buy new vs fixing what I have.
In conclusion, fixing my Jabra 65 bluetooth headphones earpads was a simple process that saved me money and time. It also demonstrated the power of the reverse consumer pyramid.