It’s cheaper to buy than it is to repair, but the satisfaction from doing a good repair is always awesome (or potentially expensive). I repair when I can (because I’m cheap), but repairing things nowadays is almost impossible. We live in a disposable era, and the trend will only continue.
A few months back, our CRT television (a Sony WEGA) had a problem where the picture wouldn’t display. We could have bought a HD TV, but I called the TV repairman. Thirty minutes and a $125 later, our TV was working as good as new. Granted, it’s no flat-screen, but I really don’t feel that I need to have one for the small amount of television we actually watch.
But I suppose I’m in the minority on that one. Who has time to troubleshoot at the circuit level? Who actually replaces a blown capacitor or potentiometer? Not many, I’d wager. Many companies replace defective parts rather than attempt a repair. (It’s cheaper for their bottom line.)
I’m curious to know your take on the repair vs buy debate. Do you repair your gadgets and tech? Or do you prefer to buy new instead? What was the last repair you performed on your own that was successful?
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