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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

The Right to Repair Act would require tech and appliance manufacturers to provide the tools, instructions, and parts necessary for anyone to fix their smartphones, tablets, computers, refrigerators, and other products.

When something goes wrong with your smartphone—say a shattered screen or a depleted battery—you may wonder, "Is it time to buy a new one?" That's because the idea of tech repair still hasn't been sown into our collective consciousness. Studies have shown that when tech products begin to fail, most people are inclined to buy new things rather than fix their old ones.

It doesn't have to be this way. More of us could maintain our tech products if it were more practical to do so. If we all had more access to the parts, instructions, and tools to revive products, repairs would become simpler and less expensive.

From The New York Times
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