As the day draws to a close and the sun settles over the horizon on the west coast of America, Dave the ‘bird-catcher’ swoops around picking up any electric scooters he can find and bundling them into his truck. It’s just another day for Dave, who makes $5 for every scooter he can find, charge then return in the morning, ready for the commuters.

Scooter sharing has been blowing up all over the place. For just $1 to unlock then $0.15 per minute you can hop on an electric scooter and fly around town. Wait… hold up, doesn’t mean paying $2.50 for 10 minutes? Well, we guess it’s worth it if you’re about to miss your train and have no idea when the bus is going to arrive…

The plus side of owning your own electric scooter is that you can use it whenever, wherever, rather than having to use an app to locate the nearest scooter. And then you realise it’s going to take you 5 – 10 minutes to get there. Suddenly the whole experience seems a bit pointless as you realise it’s probably quicker to just hop on a bicycle, or even walk…

But hold up, this is an interesting debate… Would you rather own your own electric scooter and be free to use it wherever, whenever, whilst taking responsibility for charging it and taking it around? Or would you rather pay per usage and enjoy the convenience of dumping it when you are done, but have the uncertainty of finding a scooter as well as the high cost of usage?

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