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Today I Learned... About the "Right to Repair" Movement


In our era, it is so easy to go out and just buy new things. Credit cards make it so effortless and isn't as hard to use cash. Companies like Apple love this. If your battery doesn't hold a charge anymore? Just buy a new one then. This way it makes people have to buy an entirely new product instead of being able to repair the one troublesome area. In addition to this, companies purposely make it hard to repair. Microsoft uses lots of glue on its Surface tablets so they are nearly impossible to take apart.

Many companies don't release parts for third party repair shops to use, so if you do want something repaired, you have to bring it to the company that made the product, which will cost a premium. As of recently, many people have banded together to try to get companies to change the system. This is what many car repairers did in the early 2000s and it worked; they had all car companies release how the cars are built. This made it so auto shops were able to repair a wider variety of problems with cars. I would definitely love if big companies like Apple would do this. To put it simply, my phone battery can't hold even half of its charge before my phone cycle ends. I would love to have the ability to just swap out my battery, especially because the battery only costs around $30.




Sources:

Root, Tik. “Apple Effectively Has a Monopoly on Fixing Your IPhone. There's Now a Fight to Change That.” Vox, Vox, 3 July 2019, www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/7/3/18761691/right-to-repair-computers-phones-car-mechanics-apple.