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Modern tech can not be fixed. It’s generally one single printed circuit board.

By choosing a cell phone with a replaceable battery, my first smart phone lasted through two battery changes rather than having to be replaced when it couldn't hold a charge. For things like TVs, I've never bought the newest thing, preferring to get proven technology rather than leading edge.

Although there are some items that can't be repaired economically no matter what, there are some things that avail themselves to some level of service. For example, a non-functioning item was returned to service by noticing that the battery pack contacts were oxidized, and rubbing them with a polishing cloth made the item as good as new. Also, a blood pressure monitor stopped working, and disassembly revealed that a tube had come off a fitting where the tube joined two others. That was an easy fix, but you had to find some hidden screws behind a label, but if you're throwing it away otherwise, you don't have to treat it gently. As you described, there was a single circuit board inside, but the problem had nothing to do with it.

Oh yeah, there's a brand of coffee maker that verifies that you use only *their* coffee pods, although there are several work-arounds. Did you know there's a thermal fuse that protects the coffee maker against overheat? That fuse can be replaced (20 minutes work, plus a $7 fuse) rather than buying a new machine...especially nice if your old one is the generation prior to the one requiring proprietary pods (or doing a work-around).
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