Sorry, everyone! The other website canceled all donations you made because I'm not physically in the USA right now. So I kindly ask you to check your account balances to verify you've been refunded, and repeat the donation here, if it's not too much trouble. Much appreciated.
For those new to the campaign, welcome! Here's the update on what happened, and the target breakdown:
After I and my local buddy salvaged the drone in the jungle to which it tumbled, I contacted the manufacturer headquarters in the US. They were kind and responsive, but told me that, if I would want them to fix it, I would need to send it to an address in the US, and have someone send it over to them. After the repair, the same shipping procedure would have to be applied due to customs issues.
The lovely crash site
I decided that this was too risky and time consuming, so I wrote to an authorized service place in Bangkok. They were able to give me an itemized estimate of the repairs, which was originally around $250. I looked around and was able to find an alternative cable that wasn't an original and was only a fraction of their quoted cost. In the end, also by skipping the purely cosmetic repairs they recommended, I got the whole thing down to around $70!
I took my bird for a spin afterward, and she was working perfectly after calibration. However, since I didn't have a definite answer to what caused the crash (the US DJI service wouldn't analyze the flight data because I wasn't repairing it with them, and the Bangkok service shop couldn't analyze it because it's encrypted), I decided that it's best that I don't travel onward with her, as I'm due to leave Thailand in a few days and it would be really tricky handling another situation like this anywhere outside of Bangkok.
So I left it up to life, and lo and behold, a great second-hand deal for a young Mavic Air came my way - this is a newer model, superior in many ways to the Pro (lighter, more portable, better designed, higher informational value in the recordings, and, most importantly, more reliable in this particular context).
So, I went for it!
Droneo and Juliette
I snatched this chicklet for a cool $815, + $65 for the lens filters (of paramount value for recording), + $20 for the carrying case. $900 total.
Then a lengthy sales process ensued. I was very lucky to have one of my selfless and most go-getting Thai friends, Mon, helping me with translation and negotiation (khob khun khrab, Mon, you are banned from contributing to this, in case you see it :).
After days of dealing with the Thai marketplace, a sale finally went thorough, for a fair price of $720. Once again, the drone was functioning without issues, even felt more stable than before, and I expect that it will serve the guy who bought it well. I just needed to let go of it because I would be totally stranded in case something like that ever happened again. And, the new one should help me make even better videos in the future (for those interested to see what I'll be getting into more seriously: https://youtu.be/U-cmn89mboA).
So there you have it, folks. The situation has been resolved and I'm on my way to new adventures.
The target price I'm raising then is as follows:
$900 (new drone) + $70 (repair cost) - $720 (old drone) = $250 (campaigns on this website have to be above $250, so I put $251)
I will forever appreciate the support of anyone who's looking forward to my new video chronicles. Whatever you can spare helps a lot and means even more!
Thanks a bunch for following my adventures. Love ya all!