iFixit community members overwhelmingly say that a successful repair makes them more likely to buy more products from that company.
The battery in your cellphone only lasts for a year or two. Phones with easy-to-replace batteries last longer.
Computers can have a second life. Dell refurbishes and resells 90 million pounds of used electronics per year in Goodwill stores.
DIY repair saves money: iFixit members spend nearly 70% less on repairs than the average American homeowner.
iFixit has published repair manuals for every Apple product made in the last decade. Millions of people are using those manuals to repair their iPhones and MacBooks—saving money and making their gadgets last longer than Apple’s engineers imagined possible.
Say no to cheap, breakable stuff. Support companies that make quality products. It’s worth it to spend a bit more on a product that will last three times longer.
Repair isn’t just good for consumers—it offers great benefits to businesses, too. Many companies embrace DIY repair. They know that people who fix their stuff are dedicated customers. Giving people the information and tools they need to fix products cuts down on support costs. Customers love it when they can get their stuff fixed quickly—whether by themselves or at a local repair shop.
Unfortunately, some companies use legal threats to prevent people from fixing their products. They hide behind copyright claims to take down online repair manuals and scare people away from DIY repair.
Is changing a tire on a car dangerous? Sure, a little. But are you going to call out a Ford engineer every time you get a flat? Of course not. Even tricky repairs can be straightforward with the right knowledge—the knowledge, that is, that manufacturers don’t want you to have.
Who fixes stuff? Find out more about the iFixit community.
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