Getting to Know Your GoPro: Purchase & Removing from Packaging

I just recently purchased a GoPro and I did a bunch of research online to figure out which was the best one for my family’s needs. The online deal at Best Buy was $399 for a GoPro Hero 4 Silver edition, plus you’d get a $50 gift card back when you buy one. When I got to the store to check it out in person it was on sale for $379 but no gift card. I mentioned the online deal and was told that this was a better deal because if I bundled some accessories with my purchase I’d get 15% off the accessories. Well the accessories were cheaper at Amazon so I asked about their Price Match Guarantee and ended up getting the GoPro for $349 and the accessories for a better deal than if I had bundled them and got the discount.

I’m kind of late getting on the GoPro bandwagon because I have plenty of things to take videos with.  I used my iPhone a lot for videos, I have a Canon DSLR camera that I use for videos and I have an old Flip video camera that still takes excellent videos so I didn’t think that I needed a GoPro but I recently talked myself into getting one because I thought it would be the best way to action videos of the kids, especially in moist environments like the pool, the water park and at the beach.  So I went to Best Buy and I bought a GoPro Hero 4 and it’s the coolest little thing!

I got it home and I really just wanted to take it out of the box and play with it but I learned that just getting it out of the box was a challenge.  I have a Masters Degree in eBusiness and Technology, I have an IT job that I love and I consider myself to be technically savvy, but just getting the GoPro off the packaging was difficult.

It comes with an outer sleeve that you have to take off, then you can get the top clear part off and you’ll see that it’s attached to the top of the inner box.  I could not for the life of me figure out how to get the GoPro off the box.  Now inside the box there are instructions, not a very big instruction manual, but they encourage you to go to their website for the rest of the details that you might need.  I read the instructions three or four times and nowhere in here does it tell you how to get the camera off the box.

I didn’t want to break the plastic part on top of the box because I thought it would be a great way to store it maybe, or the mount might be good for something else.  Eventually I figured out that there are two tabs in the front, you squeeze the two tabs together and then the camera will slide right off.  Once I got it all apart and took the inner box out of the inner box I saw the removal diagram right on the back, of course I was in too big of a hurry to play with it to even see that!

Check out my YouTube channel for more GoPro videos on how to get the best deal on GoPro accessories and how I learned the hard way about battery life.

 

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  1. This sounds exactly like what I do — get in a big hurry and don’t bother with the instructions! The GoPro looks awesome!

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