For example, VCR/TV repair places in my town are either struggling or have already gone out of business. Things are so cheap these days that you might as well buy a new one when the old one breaks.
So true. Check out this opinion from an old tech:
  http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/ce/future.t xt [tds.net]

And this one:
  http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/ce/gripes.t xt [tds.net]
under "Most of all, I hate waste"

I think the quote, "Equipment is built with the dumpster in mind, not the repair shop." is particularly telling, especially coming from a tech.

Score:4, Insightful