‘Right to Repair’ legislation could make it easier and cheaper to fix your devices
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‘Right to Repair’ legislation could make it easier and cheaper to fix your devices

With Right to Repair legislation, the government is looking to give consumers more options when repairing their devices.


September 2, 2021

Ever damage an iPhone or MacBook and end up buying a new one because the cost was the same as fixing it?

That’s the type of situation the government is working to change.

Momentum for ‘Right to Repair’ legislation is building…

… thanks to 2 recent events:

  1. The Fair Repair Act was introduced in Congress, which would force manufacturers to provide information that would make repairs easier for individual repair providers.
  2. President Biden announced an executive order that would curb manufacturers’ ability to prevent self-repairs and third-party repairs.

Offering consumers more options for repairs could lead to serious savings. Case in point, after Apple quoted $999 for a repair on WSJ reporter Joanna Stern’s 2017 MacBook Pro, she brought it to an independent repair shop and was quoted $325.

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Apple and other manufacturers argue that unreliable repairs could be unsafe for consumers

While this may seem like a convenient excuse, it has merit:

If we’re being honest, it seems like this situation could be avoided if Apple and other manufacturers just made their devices more water- (and coffee-) proof.

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