Out of warranty = trash it.

Occasionally I do some repairs for others, but I expect these activities to become something of the past.

Why? It proves to be harder and harder to get spare parts for a reasonable price. If you don’t pay attention, replacing a few simple parts exceeds the price of a new device. Now I do this for fun, and I don’t charge hours. I can only guess what a professional would charge.

I had to search for a week to find two rather ordinary FET’s and one even more ordinary NPN transistor for a price that would warrant the repair of an Alinco switching power supply. The downside is that I will have to wait 2 weeks or more for the parts, as they are sent from China and Singapore.

Funny, we’re all brainwashed on a daily basis to be concerned about the environment, but trashing something because repairs are too (artificially?) expensive seems to be totally acceptable.

2 comments on “Out of warranty = trash it.

  1. Hallo Hans, ik zit zelf in de reparatie handel. En ook ik denk vaak aan hetgeen jij geschreven hebt. Het word steeds moeilijker een reparatie lonend te maken. Dat vraagt dus om een geheel nieuw concept, dat van 2e hands of gebruikte onderdelen. Want die zijn er in overvloed, en wat bij het ene apparaat stuk is kan bij het andere nog prima zijn. Zie: http://onderdelenenzo.blogspot.com/ alhoewel nog in “opstart” fase verwacht ik toch wel dat met de groei van de onderdelen voorraad de belangstelling toe zal nemen….

    73, Bas

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