Should you repair or replace old equipment?
Knowing when to call it quits and when to get someone in to fix your gear just one more time can make the difference between wasting your money and spending it smartly.
If old equipment is familiar to you and is it still serving your needs, and you are comfortable using it, then the equipment is still valuable to you. If the benefits of using your current equipment outweigh the costs of running and maintaining it, then there is little or no need to replace it.
If, on the other hand, you need to mess around for half an hour to get the device to work, or it manages to find itself in the repair shop more often than in your hands doing the job that is meant to do, then it may be time to go shopping for a new one.
Road Testing New Gear
Just because it is the latest thing does not necessarily mean it is the best. More often than not a new device needs to be used for a while for all the bugs to show themselves.
These days some manufacturers are willing to let a sub-standard product into the market in order for the end-user – that is, you – to find the faults and complain about them. It’s cheaper for them to do this than having to pay for all the testing before the product is released.
If you want to upgrade something, then it is best to buy something that has been on the market for at least 3 to 6 months. This gives you the chance to research the product before you buy it, finding out the reaction of early adopters and getting the chance to see what works and what doesn’t. It also gives retailers the opportunity to find out more about the product from both customers and suppliers.
Getting the most out of your functioning and familiar devices via maintaining them and fixing them as they needed, rather than simply replacing them, is not only good common sense but a great way of tightening the belt in times of financial challenge, and by not dumping so much into the rubbish you will also be helping the environment.
When the cost of keeping something going with repairs and upgrades exceeds the benefit and enjoyment you get from using that equipment, then it may be that time.