Why is it more expensive to repair many appliances than to buy new ones?

Fixing an ice maker and water filtration system for a stainless steel side by side refrigerator can cost more than the entire brand new fridge? I understand when it is a small electrical item like a digital camera or laptops, but how can something as big as dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine cost more to repair than repurchase?

Asked By: Lora - 5/20/2011
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You can thank Henry Ford for that... More
Answered By: Any Key! - 5/20/2011
Additional Answers (7)
The cost of labor, time to diagnose the problem maybe very time consuming... More
Answered By: Funloving - 5/20/2011
Labor costs these days are most often higher than the price of the replacement parts. The maintenance man has his fuel, time, and experience to add to the cost of the parts. It's crazy sometimes to fix something that is cheaper to just flat out replace with a new one... More
Answered By: mermeliz - 5/20/2011
labor cost
Answered By: amor unos - 5/20/2011
We live in a disposable world. It is so much easier and better for the manufacturers if the product has a shorter life span and is too difficult or expensive to repair!!!!
Answered By: Norman F - 5/20/2011
Because appliances techs came from failed low IQ students wanted to be doctors but with doctors fees in mind...! Buy that new fridge, on the long run you'll glad you did...! Good luck...!
Answered By: Eddie - 5/20/2011
It seems nowadays we live in an automatic throw-it-away-and-just-go-buy-another mentality... Come on people... More
Answered By: Polar Bear - 5/20/2011
It turns out the most Americans shop based on price, not quality, longevity, or ability to repair. So the manufacturers build as cheaply as possible... More
Answered By: Thor - 5/20/2011
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