Repairing vs. Buying New – The Secret Formula

Recently, Angie’s List had a helpful post about when to replace or repair a broken appliance in the home.  There were many good points to consider, and you can read them here.

While the story covered home appliances, the same basic principles can be applied to home technology as well.  If your computer, printer, tablet, or internet is having a problem, do you call someone to fix it or do you wait until Black Friday and buy new?

Here is our adapted rule for technology: 

If a computer repair will cost more than half the price of a new computer and the one in question is more than 5 years old, it might be time to buy new.  If the item is an inkjet printer or wireless router, you can only expect to get 2-3 years of life from it.

With the advent of Windows 10, many people are considering buying new computers and laptops this holiday season.  While there may be many eye-catching deals soon, you should consider the age of your computer and how an upgrade might help instead.  Upgrades to Windows 10 can give new life and a breath of fresh air to computers that were bought 5-7 years ago. 

Upgrades are not for everyone, though.  If you are happy with what you have, you shouldn’t feel forced to change.  Sometimes our computers just need a little love to bring back their spark.  For as little as $40, Thriftech can clean up and speed up your machine, saving you more money to spend on gifts for others (or yourself!).  Keep in mind that most retailers will price their repairs so high, that you sometimes feel like you are being forced to buy new from them.  They would rather make a sale than help you with what you already have.  That’s why we exist!

The holiday season also provides a great opportunity to purchase gently used or refurbished models of the last year or so.  For most people, these machines are much better than what they currently have.  Plus, they have the added bonus of being 3/4 or 1/2 the price of a brand new model!  you won’t find these in retail stores, however.  You will need to contact a local computer place or search the internet.

Now that you know the formula, will you be tempted to look at the Holiday savings or do you prefer to save a little money and continue to enjoy what you have?


Aaron Bettner

Aaron Bettner

Owner at Thriftech
Aaron is the owner and founder of Thriftech in Columbus, Indiana.His goal is to keep regular people from getting ripped off at retail stores and tech shops by teaching them to keep their computers clean and providing affordable services when they need someone else to do it for them.
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