Your favorite gadget just broke, and is no longer under warranty. Should you fix it or nix it?



Repair prices have remained relatively flat over the past five years, while prices for comparable new products in almost every category have fallen. New televisions -- for instance -- have come way down in price and almost never break.
Any computer over three years old is probably a replacement no-brainer, though you may want to get something particularly affordable so you can spring for the latest and greatest tablet or smartphone too.

When it comes to iPods, the most common issue is battery life. iPod batteries normally last about 18 months to two years, For the average user, that's 250 to 500 charges. One of the major threats to battery life is heat, so keep your iPod out of the sun, and don't leave it in your hot car.

The experts' verdict on iPods: Repair them if you have a high-end model. But your iPod battery is something few of us can swap out on our own: You literally have to disassemble the whole thing to get to it, and Apple doesn't make that easy. Apple offers a battery replacement program for $65 -- well worth it if you have a player that would cost hundreds to replace.

My take:
Keep in mind, a free repair can be just a Google search away. Whatever problem you're having with you computer, TV, cellphone, or MP3 player, chances are, someone else has had the same issue. Look for websites and message boards that explain how to fix common problems.

As for whether to fix it or nix it, generally if a repair is going to cost more than half the cost of replacing something, the math doesn't make sense. Skip the fix and trade in your old model -- whatever shape it's in. Works like a charm in our home -- having used the site multiple times, strongly suggest Gazelle.com. They'll give you an instant quote and send a check within the week, You can use the proceeds to offset the cost of buying your next gadget.

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Scotty

I would fix it, keep it for a full 2 years then sell it and buy the newest iphone out. But thats just me. I walked up to a shop here in Taiwan and he bought my old 3GS with a crack in its back for $300. Cracks can be fixed, screens replaced, but its time consuming.

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July 19 2011 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angela

In terms of fix it or nix it, I want to address the elephant in the room for Ford. They don't seem to be able to see a problem which can be turned into a financial gold mine. Specifically, I'm talking about the Ford Ranger. With cars and trucks, people are going smaller, looking for more reasonable prices and seriously considering MPG. The F-150 series is the #1 selling full-size PU truck, so why isn't the Ranger the best selling small truck? The folks at Ford should find out why and FIX IT. The market is ripe, the timing is right and the Ford Ranger's time has come. The Ford RangerXE, or the Ranger Spyder series or whatever. If you (Ford) build it, they will buy. Maybe a Harley Davidson limited series like they have on another page for the F-150. Granted, I wasn't impressed with the trim, (it did have nice wheels), but if they take it up a notch on the Ford Ranger, I will wish I had Ford stock.

July 18 2011 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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evd10

Why did Ford get rid of the Ranger? Because most truck buyers want the increased utility that a full-size truck gives them and the small trucks don't cost much less (with similar trim) or get much better milage than the larger ones. In fact if they are loaded up the small trucks may even get worse milage. Ranger sales have been abysmal for years now.

July 18 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
happenendude

I know electronics repairmen who are painting houses tryin to get by.

July 18 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
danebor01

wow i can't believe i actually read this

July 18 2011 at 5:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kleestard

First of all, I would like to thank AOL for letting an old time original poster like me to post on one or two boards without being on Facebook or Twitter...THANK YOU! Second, Since we are now officially GREEN, throw the crap away! Production lines don't move by having your favorite items REPAIRED (recycled)...

July 17 2011 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thefiftys

Just throw it away and waste more money on another gadjet that won't last any longer, what a crock.

Ipod batteries can be changed by just about any 10 year old willing to take the time to learn how to do it.
Toss a three year old Laptop and get a new one? WTF, Why when a reformat is usually all they need to work well again.

There was a time when things were fixable but hey ,wheres the money in selling quality stuff, and the new stuffs "green" even if you have to throw it out and buy another one every couple years.

"I command you to buy more crap..."

Who is this Woman, a shill for the electronics industry?

July 17 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
CoreDevice

Oceanic Repair Services in central NJ offers great pricing for repairs of all makes and models of Appliances and Electronics.
www.oceanicrepair.com
info@oceanicrepair.com

July 17 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patriotic Paul

This Capitalist engineered technology degradation and subsequent cheap electronics business model has been the biggest bankrupt or of the working class here and abroad. The auto industry started it and it was such a profitable model as people just accepted subpar products and the slick slow release of technology. The likes of Microsoft, Sony, Hitachi and all the other big name junk product makers have fleeced the public without outcry for so long it seems that business as usual will continue forever, but the facts remain most working class don’t have the disposable income anymore to afford continually upgrading and replacing junk electronic trinkets and such.

July 16 2011 at 1:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for daluvofgawd------basically...they ALL LAST as long AS YOU want THEM TO be they computers cars or can openers.--

July 17 2011 at 12:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Patriotic Paul

Just a for instance, I can go to my Grandfathers farm house and the back screen dooor latch is still functioning 50 years later. On the other hand in my own updated back screen door that gets perhaps a little more use but not much, I have replaced the mechanism 4 times in the past 10 years. Those examples are all over the country with all tyopes of products. The Technology crap is just way more expensive when it craps out. Anybody have a couple of junk printers for sale?

July 18 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down