Fix It or Nix It?

Prices have fallen in recent years for everything from TV’s to vacuum cleaners.

Lower prices mean it's harder than ever to figure out if you should fix something if it breaks or just get a new one.

Consumer Reports looks at what's worth fixing and what isn't.

A repair shop does its best to make everything as good as new. But sometimes the shop has to tell customers that repairing something just doesn't make sense.

Consumer Reports' Mark Kotkin has advice on what to repair and what to replace, based on survey results of 2,300 readers. Consumer Reports testers also weighed in.

Toasters, VCRs, and inkjet printers fall into the tested category. Another tip. If a repair is half the price of a new product, forget it. It's not worth doing.

The survey showed electronics can be especially difficult to repair.

Consumer Reports says if your broken digital camera is more than 3 years old, it should probably be replaced.

Digital camcorders and computers that are more than 4 years old usually aren't worth fixing either.

Consumer Reports says the upside to replacing a broken product, your new one will likely have plenty of features your old one lacked.


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