We now live in a consumerist society where planned obsolescence is an industry-standard and our right to repair is slowly creeping away from us. Thankfully, there are plenty of people fighting back against these industry mentalities, but it’s still a long way from being a reality and there are just too many household items and devices that we’ve been conditioned to replace whenever they can no longer be used. So in this article, we’re going to take a look at a couple of household items that should always be repaired instead of replaced.
- Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are one of the biggest examples of planned obsolescence given all of the news surrounding them. Things like batteries used to be easily removable and replaced and there were a lot of aftermarket parts that could be used to swap out and fix things if you had even a bit of knowledge. Nowadays, you’ll need to look at websites like iFixit to learn how to repair your phone and where to buy spare parts. Once you get used to this, it’s easy to repair your mobile phone at home yourself, but you can also get in touch with third-party repair services that will save you a lot of time and hassle compared to going to the original manufacturer.
Not only is furniture heavy and a pain to move out of your home, but it’s also easily repairable and doesn’t need to be replaced. It could be something as simple as replacing the upholstery or it could be something that requires some woodworking such as a wobbly chair leg or slanted dining table. Whatever the case may be, don’t throw out your old furniture–fix it instead!
- Household Appliances
From the washing machine to the digital thermostat, appliance repair is a much more affordable option than completely replacing something assuming that the household appliance in question is expensive, difficult to remove or even sentimental. Of course, if it’s a cheap kitchen blender or microwave then it might be easier and less expensive to replace it, but if it’s something worth more money then repairing it is the better option.
- Desktop Computers and Laptops
Desktop computers can be quite easy to diagnose for problems if you know what to look for, hence why computer skills are so useful in this day and age. Laptops are similar and contain the same parts, albeit in a different form factor. Replacing things such as RAM sticks or a motherboard can be quite simple on a desktop PC but may require a bit more research for layers. However, it’s far cheaper to do these repairs yourself or with the help of a professional than to replace an entire computer or laptop.
Lastly, we can also repair our clothes instead of replacing them. Whether it’s a hole in your favorite shirt or a broken zip on a hoodie, you can repair clothing with very little knowledge and it’ll save you a lot of money in the long-run since you don’t need to replace everything.
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