Electronic items like cell phones and especially DVD players have generally been made so cheaply that it is less expensive to buy a new one than to repair a problem. This business practice is wasteful in terms of our world’s precious natural resources and of our human industrial capability. Are cell phones that now have the possibility of being economically repaired the beginning of a very welcome trend?

Once upon a time, the electronic things a person bought could be repaired when they suffered a breakdown. Usually the problem was with just a certain part of the apparatus and that could be replaced. Often the owner could fix the problem even without the assistance of a handy reparatur frankfurt if the correct replacement part was available. Then sophistication, mass production and the corporate philosophy of built-in obsolescence kicked in and the serviceability of electronics dropped to just about nil.

Cell phones were just coming into prominence but really, about the only thing you could do to cure a cell phone issue was to buy and install a new battery. DVD players were and are much worse. DVD players slowly dropped in price due to the cheapest possible materials and assembly possible. They were put together in such a shoddy fashion that they could only last a maximum of one year, often one year plus one day so they could outlast a guarantee. Then when they failed there was nothing that could be done. The whole unit needed to be scraped and replaced because the repair costs far outweighed the original purchase price and the replacement cost. So the item went into a landfill after giving only a very short time of service. What a waste!

Now days a DVD player is still a piece of electronic gear that defies repair but we’ve come to depend more on our cell phones and portable phones have become far more complex too. It’s not practical to simply dispose of an expensive smart phone just because you accidentally dripped honey onto the power button. That single part can be repaired or replaced. Wow! What a nice concept is that! The display screen can be replaced if you accidentally clipped the face of your phone with a sharp corner of your car door. You don’t need to buy a whole new phone to remedy that. Amazing! What will they think of next?

I see the emergence of cell phone serviceability as having been forced onto the cell phone makers by a public that demands a product they can rely on. In that aspect at least, the cell phone manufacturers are victims of their own success in marketing. They compelled us to include cell phones into every portion of our lives and now they’re forced to deliver a product that can stand up to life, or to at least be repairable when life’s calamities befall a personal communication device. Yah for us! Way to go people.

Now we just have to start demanding more from our other electronics and maybe we can keep this going as a trend to far better utilization of our earth’s resources.

 

 

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