Repair This: at what point is it better to buy something new?
Here’s a question that’s been I’ve been wondering about for a while: at what point is it better to buy something new than keep repairing something old?
On this site, we’re all about reducing & repairing – not buying things new for the sake of it or because they’re a bit scuffed & dirty – but with many things, you reach a point of diminishing returns and it feels like you’re throwing good money/time/resources after bad: at some point you have to make a decision to replace it. I suspect the precise point where that occurs depends very much on the item but I wondered what you think about when you’re deciding whether to repair or replace.
Is it a question of your skills? the item’s repairability? availability/affordability of new parts? its not-just-financial value? Other factors?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.