Modern electronics have become very disposable, with many companies making it all but impossible for consumers to repair their own devices. Even when electronics can be repaired, many consumers are so drawn to the idea of having something shiny and new that they will be willing to spend some extra money to buy a new smartphone or laptop when they technically don’t have to. The truth is that there are several advantages to having your electronics repaired instead of replaced, and we’re going to go over seven of them with you today.
1. It’s Cheaper
Whether it’s due to consumer demand, brand popularity, or inflation, new electronics can be very expensive even though the individual components don’t cost that much. You can order and replace many parts at a fraction of the price of a new device. You will need to know what you are doing before you start ordering replacement parts for a computer or phone, but this approach can save you a lot of money upfront.
2. You Can Save for an Upgrade
No matter how well you take care of your electronic devices, they will eventually become obsolete and need to be replaced. Since new devices are so expensive even if you trade in your old device, it’s in your best interest to put this off for as long as possible so you can save money for your new device. Repairing a damaged electronic device will allow you to get more use out of it without having to spend the money to buy something new.
3. You May Be Able to Sell Your Old Electronics
Some people believe that old electronic devices are completely worthless even when they’re in good working condition. While there is probably little use for an obsolete smartphone in good working condition, there are others who collect vintage electronics such as old personal computers or game consoles, and they will be willing to pay good money for them if they still work. You need to seek these potential buyers out and know what is worth keeping and what is really worthless, but once you know what you’re doing, you can have some of your old electronics repaired and sold for some extra cash.
4. Repairing Electronics is Better for the Environment
Repairing electronics does have an impact on the environment, but it is still a much smaller impact than throwing away a device will have. Modern electronics contain hazardous materials that can leach into the ground and the local water supply when they are thrown into a landfill, and older electronic devices and appliances such as CRT TVs may be even worse.
We did say that you may eventually have to get rid of your electronics when they need to be upgraded, but having them repaired could prevent at least some of them from ending up in a landfill. When you do have to get rid of an electronic device, look for a program that will recycle them instead of simply throwing them into the trash.
5. You Can Keep Devices that You’re Accustomed To
People may love the idea of having a brand new gadget, but it can take time to get used to it. In fact, it is possible that you won’t even like the latest version of your preferred smartphone or laptop. If you take the time to have your old devices repaired, you won’t have to get used to something new. You can stick with what is working for you for a little while longer.
6. It May Be Easier to Repair Your Electronics than You Might Think
One reason why so many people opt to just replace their electronics is because they don’t believe that they can actually have them repaired. Some companies might want to discourage you from having their devices repaired if it means selling more new products, but the truth is that you can find companies near you who will make repairs at affordable rates.
7. You Might Have a Valuable Collectible
We’ve already talked about how a repaired vintage piece of electronics can make you a lot of money if you sell it to the right person, but making repairs can also work in your favor if you’re a collector yourself. Your old electronics won’t be as valuable after you’ve made repairs or replaced the original parts, but they will still be highly collectible if you can get them back into working condition.