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Angie's List: Repair business under repair?

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BUYING DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS ACTUALLY DATES BACK TO THE 1950S, BUT DID WE REALLY BECOME A THROW-AWAY SOCIETY WITH NO ROOM FOR REPAIR?


"YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT THE REPAIR INDUSTRY IS DOING JUST FINE. ACROSS THE 30 CATEGORIES RELATED TO REPAIR OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, THEY'RE HOLDING STEADY OR EVEN GROWING," SAID ANGIE'S LIST FOUNDER, ANGIE HICKS.


ANGIE'S LIST RECORDS INDICATE A STEADY STREAM OF REPAIR JOBS FOR THINGS LIKE GAS GRILLS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
REPAIRS FOR SCREENS, LARGE APPLIANCES AND FURNITURE HAVE DROPPED SLIGHTLY.


"THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ITEMS PEOPLE TEND TO REPLACE RATHER THAN REPAIR AND THEY INCLUDE VCRS AND WATCHES. LET'S FACE IT, VCRS ARE BECOMING MORE OUTDATED, EVEN THOUGH I STILL HAVE ONE MYSELF. WATCHES STILL GET REPAIRED PERIODICALLY, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS THEY DID 10 YEARS AGO," SAID HICKS.


WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES, ANGIE'S LIST RECOMMENDS USING ITS COST-PLUS-AGE FORMULA TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO REPLACE OR REPAIR.
REPLACE ANY ITEM IF THE REPAIR WILL COST MORE THAN HALF THE PRICE OF BUYING A NEW ONE ...
AND IF IT'S NEARING THE END OF ITS USEFUL LIFE.


"IF THE CONSUMER MADE AN INITIAL INVESTMENT IN THAT THAT WAS PRETTY LARGE - NOT SAYING A REFRIGERATOR - AND THEY CAN GET IT FIXED FOR A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS, THEY MAY OPT TO REPAIR," SAID APPLIANCE STORE MANAGER, RYAN WAGNER.


IF YOU CAN'T FIND A REPAIR MAN - OR WOMAN, ANGIE'S LIST EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE PLENTY OF THEM OUT THERE STILL GOING STRONG.

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