When it comes to broken or damaged tech, how can you tell if you should pay to repair it, or just buy a new one? This article from Lifehacker enumerates some good starting points:

  • Check to see if the repair is covered under the device’s warranty or insurance plan
  • Figure out if buying new is actually an upgrade
  • See if you can possibly sell the broken equipment to offset some of the cost

There are other virtues of trying to get your device fixed rather than tossing it. For instance, that’s one less piece of e-waste. You might also learn something about your device in the process of getting it fixed, which is worth something in and of itself, right? There are DIY videos aplenty on the internet, and maybe your problem is a quick fix. You should also checkout iFixit, which has some really great DIY guides. You have to be careful taking this route, as you may void your device’s warranty, which is why I would only recommend this for “really old” tech (like 4-6 years) that you don’t want to pay a professional to repair, but don’t want to toss out either.

And then there are those situations where there are no good options; when it doesn’t make financial sense to repair it, but the new model you really want is still 6 months away. In that case:

  1. Go to the junk drawer
  2. Grab some paperclips and duct tape
  3. Channel your inner Richard Dean Anderson
  4. Live with the results