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Old 30th August 2020, 16:15   #1
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As someone who hates even the smallest signs of wear and tear, my clumsiness is often at odds with my ability to own nice things. So I buy cheap versions of nice things for exactly those situations.

The concept of a “beater” is common in a lot of hobby circles, especially EDC-type gear like watches and knives. You have your nice stuff, and the beater you aren’t afraid to ruin because it’s less expensive—or rugged enough to take a beating without getting ruined.
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After reading the above article, I realised that even I have been doing the same and its not just for our cars.

I carry my unbranded pocket knife in situations when I might be expected to go to places where I could have to leave it at the security instead of my Swiss Knife.
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My dad has 2 sets of tools - one for lending (especially to me), work around the house, etc. and one to work on clients' machines when he's doing the work himself.
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Speaking of lending, I keep cheap 5-rupee pens for when someone asks for a pen vs give him my favourite pen.
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So what are your beater everyday items and gear just like beater cars?
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Old 30th August 2020, 16:26   #2
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Smart bands for me is a beater watch to save my Ferrari watch. I can wear it anywhere anytime be it at the factory premises, while running, playing or while at the beach or anywhere. Throw it, drag it, flush it - it will survive and yet give you the health data.

For the love of bands I have owned Mi band 2, Mi band 3, Mi band 4, Huawei band 3e and now using Huawei Band 4. Soon the Mi band 5 might join.
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Old 31st August 2020, 09:22   #3
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I have separate spectacles for wearing at home/gym and office.
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My beater is a Oneplus 3, fits the exact definition of a beater.
  • I own it because I know that an expensive piece cant withstand the abuse of my usage
  • Is supremely reliable (Samsung should learn a thing or two from OP on reliability)
  • Is very service friendly (changed my battery from OP dealer for 1200 bucks)
  • Can still hold-up in a fight in todays 40-50K range phones (it came with a 6 GB RAM, SD 801 I think)
  • Has known limitations (Camera sucks big time)
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My Beater is my Decathlon Shoes. Most of my expensive formal/casual shoes are safe in my Office drawer and i don't have to worry about rain, slush, etc while commuting by bike.
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My Beater is my Decathlon Shoes. Most of my expensive formal/casual shoes are safe in my Office drawer and i don't have to worry about rain, slush, etc while commuting by bike.
These look good. Could you please share the model number, if you've ordered them online?

Edit: Just noticed that you've written Decathlon. Found them on their website. Thanks.

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Here is my beater. Specially useful during Corona times.

Purchased it 2 years back model number QT4011 for about 2k.

No longer on sale now: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Interesting. I can think of the following beaters that I have:

- a Casio watch
- a pair of Lotto sneakers

And in the Covid days, a set of beater masks (read regular surgical masks) for daily usage and some better ones (read 3M N95) for visits to relatively crowded / higher risk places like a doctors clinic
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Very interesting! I thought about 5 minutes on what I have as beater items & couldn't think of one I own. Looks like I'm either lending what I have or I simply don't share depending on who is asking to loan.
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My daily wear choice which more than qualifies for the beater tag -

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Off late, I have added quite a lot of things to my beater collection-

1. My beater earphones-

https://www.amazon.in/JBL-C50HI-Ear-...googinhydr1-21


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These cost Rs. 499 and are used in order to preserve my other Sony earphone which are exclusively kept for 'some occasions'.

2. My beater wireless earphones-

https://www.amazon.in/PTron-Bassbuds...googinhydr1-21

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I hadn't really planned on buying a beater wireless earphones, but since I often take a walk outside irrespective of the rains, coupled with IPX2 rating on my 'normal' wireless earphones, I decided to get these beater ones costing INR 1300.

3. Casio G-Shock watch-

Mine is reasonably priced for a G-Shock and is used the most often by me whereas the Tissot is kept reserved for special occasions.

4. Mask-

In the times we live in, I have a 'beater mask' as well which is the 10 Rupee 'surgical like' looking paper thin mask. I also keep some of them in my car. To be used in case when I forget to wear my primary mask.

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For me the concept of beater goes hand in hand with worn out goodies which may have lost their looks but not the purpose.

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These are my once go to sneakers that have lost their shine yet are my go tos for everyday purpose. They are not only comfortable but also help in preserving my more expensive pumas and hush puppies.

2) Beater bluetooth earphones. These are the one's I got from SBI rewards. They're essentially the back ups for the noise cancelling Sony headphones which I use for some specific ocassions( read:flights and libraries)
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Surprised that more people haven't mentioned this = I have beater clothes! Basically, cheap tshirts & pants I really don't care about, and will wear when I'm going to an unpleasant place. I also wear them when I'm meeting lawyers, accountants & any outsider who is going to charge me for their services .

I have beater headphones that I use in the Jeep during the monsoon season so if it rains & they go bad, I couldn't care less.
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I'm pretty sure many Badminton players would have used this one racquet. I've a beater Yonex Muscle Power 29 lite racquet. Very good, long lasting racquet for Mavis 350 shuttles.
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Surprised that more people haven't mentioned this = I have beater clothes!
What happens in most case is, the expensive clothes gets downgraded to the beater category once it's 'recommended' life-cycle is completed.
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