Saturday, May 30, 2015

Illinois Man Fights Planned Obsolescence–Fixes the Un-fixable

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Not everyone has surrendered to planned obsolescence. Some still remember what it 
meant to be able to fix a broken appliance, or open the hood of a car and see an actual engine, 
rather than a sheet of plastic put there to discourage tinkering.

While contemporary manufacturers will do everything to convince you that you need to spend more on a warranty or proprietary service, that’s rarely actually the case. Communities have popped up to refute these claims by manufacturers, and to teach each other how to fix what was previously considered to be the unfixable.

Don Stover of Illinois is one of those people. The owner of Don’s Uniques & Repairs, Stover spends his days fixing vacuums, radios and cameras, among other things. It’s a business, but according to an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat, it’s about more than the money.

Stover and his customers also believe in an economy that is not driven by exploitative business tactics and devices built to die.

You can learn more about Stover’s shop and what he’s currently working on at Don’s Unique’s & Repairs Facebook page.

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