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The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing by Mark Edward Soper

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2. Upgrade, Repair, or Replace?

The 50% Rule

Sooner or later, you will have a personal technology failure. It could be a digital camera that takes a bath, a smartphone that gets stepped on, or a tablet that gets dropped. But whatever it is, you’re going to ask yourself, “What do I do now? Should I repair it or replace it?”

Enter the 50% rule. It’s pretty simple: if it costs more than 50% of a comparable new item to repair your existing device, it’s time to send it to the electronics recyclers and get a new (or refurbished) one.

Here’s why:

Image If you repair your existing item, you’re locked into the technology it includes. Newer computers feature ...

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