I heard this thing is just a pos but I need a way to switch between channels and i don't wanna give up my amps distortion. So is it worth it or should I just use a pedal?
You don't need to use the VK footswitch to change channels. You can get a footswitch from any other manufacturer and it will work. For instance, I use a VOX footswitch with my VK just fine.

Here it is: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-VFS2-Footswitch?sku=421520#new It's less expensive AND more durable - the housing is all metal.
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