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Old 5th Dec 2018, 03:22
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krismiler
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Asia
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The depth to which items are repaired says a lot about the wealth of a country. In the richer countries stuff is simply thrown away when it goes wrong and replaced with a more up to date item. In poorer Asian countries there is a whole cottage industry around repairing consumer goods as these are major expenses and have to last. A washing machine is often dismantled, the motor rewound, brushes replaced and reassembled. Broken straps or buckles on shoes get mended and there is always someone with a sewing machine to repair clothes.

I would rather buy something designed with ease of maintenance in mind than the most sophisticated but throw away equivalent.
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