|Thank you to my friends at Greenlifenh for their blog below on The Right to Repair movement! My family struggles with this dilemma does yours?
Written by Hannah of Greenlifenh -
A few years ago, my iPhone stopped charging. It was a very old phone (inherited from my mom) and I suspected the battery might have died. I brought it into Best Buy, waited in the Geek line, and asked the friendly teenager if he could change the battery for me. He actually laughed. “I’m sorry,” he said after a minute, “but it would literally cost you more to replace the battery on this old phone than to just buy a new iPhone!”
I left the store feeling stupid and dejected. I ended up inheriting my mom’s newest used iPhone and moving on with my life, but I was still annoyed. Why was it so hard/expensive to change a battery on a phone? Why could I not change the battery on my phone myself? Why did I need to get a “new” phone after less than ten years? Shouldn’t I expect something like an iPhone – made by a reputable company and costing a pretty penny – to last a long time and be easy to repair?! The same goes for my Prius, which I need to talk to a licensed Toyota dealer, instead of the local garage I used to use.
As our phones, cars, appliances, and other technology are getting more and more complex, it is getting harder and harder to find someone to repair our own belongings or to fix things ourselves. Often people end up tossing or donating broken or older technology just because they can’t easily repair it.
Apparently I’m not the only one who feels like that’s not right. The Right to Repair Movement has been gaining popularity the last several years, especially here in New Hampshire. According to this New York Times article, the goal of the proposed Right to Repair legislation “is to require companies to make their parts, tools and information available to consumers and repair shops in order to keep devices from ending up in the scrap heap. They argue that the current rules restrict people’s use of devices that they own and encourage a throwaway culture by making repairs too difficult.” If you’d like to learn more about the nitty-gritty of the Right to Repair movement, check out this article on HowtoGeek.
At my house, we are always complaining that our appliances big and small don't last long enough and usually can't be fixed. Have you had the same conversation? Are you annoyed that you have to buy a new.... Have you thought the manufacturers do it to make more $? Have you wished their were still local repair shops? Well I learned a lot just going on the below website. If this matters to you also, check out what your state is doing on this website.
Thank you Hannah