Toss It Out - It's Broken

United States
March 24, 2008 8:43am CST
When something breaks or stops working, do you toss it out and buy a new one, or do you get it fixed. I know some people who would rather throw something away than bother fixing it. If it breaks or doesn't work right, they just toss it out and go buy a new one. Would you toss something out instead of having it fixed or repaired?
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10 responses
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
24 Mar 08
We've become a disposable society. Most products these days are made to be disposable. They're intended to break after a short amount of use so you'll buy a new one. Often getting it repaired would cost as much if not more than buying a new one. I personally prefer antiques or things I make myself. Older products were built to a different standard & were intended to last for generations. That's why they've survived to be antiques. I have several tools that have been around for hundreds of years through constant use. I've also had several newer ones that broke within the first year. I seldom bother to buy new anymore.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
Me too uath. Antiques in our home too, as many as I can afford. The kitchen utensils are wonderful. We're like you - we buy older stuff that was made to last. The older the better. Of course I'm one of those people who still make homemade bread and butter. Yep, that's the way I like it.
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@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
24 Mar 08
Years ago my mom gave me some of her kitchen utensils when I was starting out, my favorite is the potatoe masher. A few years back she saw it and laughed you still have that old thing...Well it's the BEST masher I've ever used and wouldn't trade it for anything,LOL.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
I love the old stuff. Much of my old kitchen utensils are things from my mom and grandmother. They're the best.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Mar 08
well that depends on what it is. something like a toaster or blender i rather go and get a new one. now something like my tv or stero i would rather see what the cost is to fix it and try doing that instead. it's all about the cost for me
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yea momma, I think things are built these day to last long enough to get them home and use them once or twice - then you have to go buy the newer model. I hate that. I had rather buy old stuff that was built to last.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Mar 08
i like to buy things that are going to last too. but i don't get very attached to things. i have very few things that are must haves. so i don't mind tossing something if it is broken or i don't want it
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• United States
24 Mar 08
Heck, I become attached big time. I have an antique rocker that is huge. No one ever sits in it, but my honey bought it for me years and years ago. I couldn't get rid of that thing even if it was broken. I tend to hold on to things for sentimental reasons.
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I keep it until my husband says he can't fix it..
• United States
24 Mar 08
And even then, sometimes I keep it anyway.
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• United States
25 Mar 08
Now that is more like my husband, keeps everything..If I see that it isn't going to be fixed, then I get rid of it, no use in keeping it..
@whittby (3073)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I try to fix the thing myself usually. If it's going to cost more than it would to buy a new one, my tendency would be to toss it. Also, try to get some of your stuff fixed somewhere - there just aren't a lot of repair shops around here anyway. I don't like buying new, but this disposable society we live in sure makes it tough to re-use. ...whit
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• United States
24 Mar 08
Yea whit, where did all the repair shops go? You can't find them anywhere anymore. They used to be on every corner. It's the society we live in these days. Give me the good old days.
@bbsr13 (4199)
• India
24 Mar 08
Hello,terilee! Usually the metal products are long lasting and can be sold in the market.but the glass or china clay products are subject to destruction which can not be repaired or preserved.so these damaged items should be thrown out or given to hawkers, if available,for recycling purpose.Here in India glass items,china clay goods,plastic materials and papers are being collected by the hawkers daily.those items are sent to different industries for recycling and out of those materials new items are being produced.similarly all defunct electrical and electronic items should be disposed off soon from home since they cause pollution.in India we people never use any broken items in our homes.we consider it inauspicious.thank you.
• United States
24 Mar 08
I don't know why but there's still a lot of places that don't do much recycling. I do the best I can and I try to fix things that break. Who can afford the new stuff.
@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
24 Mar 08
For the most part I like to have things repaired but it depends on what it is. Electronics are now something that are disposable I guess you can say...they are made cheaply and are cheap to buy so many just toss and buy again. I prefer to hang on to my money as long as possible before having to buy again....I also decide if it is neccesary to replace or fix something...if you don't use it often then I wouldn't replace or fix it.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
They just don't make things like they use to, do they?
@redrover (597)
• United States
24 Mar 08
It depends on what it is and what is wrong. If a small dollar item breaks I'll replace it. The higher end products I would fix if possible. Some really high end stuff I will just use damaged if it's possible.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
It's so odd that people will throw stuff away, depending on the cost of it. I know people who throw expensive things away because they just don't want to bother with it. Some of it has found it's way into my house. lol
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@cream97 (29175)
• United States
12 Sep 10
Hi, terilee79720. I will first see if I can fix it. And I will look at how bad it is damaged or ruined. If it does not look so good and can't be fixed at all, I will just throw it away. My daughter put black tape on my air freshener outlet. The tape left a black dark mark on it. So, I just added some white, white out on it. I started to throw it away. If But I found out that I could still use it. The outlet was still working. If something can be fixed, I will fix it.
• Indonesia
25 Mar 08
It depends on the item and the price for fixing it. Example: My Mom have an old (1998 old) 29 inch tv, it's broken, and when I take it to the repair shop they gave a quite high price, in which I can buy new TV with that kind of money. So why bother, buy a new one. If it can be fixe d with a lower price than buying a new one, then I'll fix it.
• United States
25 Mar 08
It depends on what it is. I try to recycle everything at least once. If it's an expensive dish or glass item, I save the pieces and make stepping stones out of them for stones gardens. Or I'll make a memory plate, jug or planter or something by embedding the pieces into bathroom tile grout.