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      'Right To Repair' Gathers Force

      a week ago

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      Social justice? But of course it is.

      It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost.

      You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of junk.

      You’re forced to buy a replacement, which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process.

      But help is at hand, because citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a "right to repair" - of sorts.

      This consists of a series of proposals from European environment ministers to force manufacturers to make goods that last longer and are easier to mend.


      https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46797396

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          Stephen
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          A great idea that probably won't work.

          Most "stuff" is pretty darn cheap to make, given either smart factories or the nimble fingers of Vietnamese children. So cheap that manufacturing cost is a pretty small percentage of the sales price, which is usually set by other factors. An order-picker at a US warehouse that stocks your coffeemakers and their replacement parts probably makes 8 times per hour what the person made who originally manufactured it in some factory in Asia. Prices are terribly arbitrary, which is why most items are available on "sale" at various outlets much or most of the time.

          If "Right to Repair" measures are passed, I assume that the manufacturer of your coffeemaker--on which Plastic Widget #303 routinely breaks after two years' use--will be happy to sell you a new PW #303 for about the same price you'd pay for new coffeemaker when it's on sale at Macy's.


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              alohacowboy
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              I would like to see standard replacement parts. Why do we need 2500 different types of on-off switches for example, how about a phone charger that can charge any phone.

              When a 50c component breaks, where's the logic in throwing the whole £50 product in the trash and spending another $50 to replace it?

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                      I'm glad cons have found a new boogeyman to blame for everything from bad weather to ringworm. I was getting so tired of hearing about Hillary's emails.


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