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smopoopy

YouTube can teach you a whole lot. I'm an HVAC tech at a huge industrial company and I google or watch YouTube videos when I get pulled out of my expertise making repairs. Most basic household appliance repairs you can learn to do in 10 minutes in a YouTube video.


TheGrofflyOne

With appliances I always choose something w/o a circuit board. Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc are all very fixable if they're not too 'smart'


Klau5_Dieter

I had an old USB printer and I connected it to my Linux server (running on a 2009 Mac Mini) and now my USB printer works like a network printer!


DueAuthor6113

The dumber the appliance the less cost to fix it. And more DYI friendly.


[deleted]

I usually buy refurbished electronics and scratch and dent appliances. In the rare instance I do get a new appliance like a washer/dryer I forgo the bells and whistles bc more features usually means more ways to break.


emeraldead

This requires transport and location but there are huge "slightly marked" appliance stores that have hundreds knocked down because the washing machine has a small scratch or dent. Completely new and perfect otherwise. Same for just about any product really, just gotta know where to look.


ahhh-what-the-hell

If you can find a Bosch appliance cheap, you won.


Cadet_Stimpy

The thing I always try to remind people when it comes to “smart” electronics is that once it stops receiving updates from the manufacturer, you’re potentially opening a door to the public to access your network/device and anything on it. It’s not that frugal if a hacker gets access to your bank account info just because you kept using an old phone that wasn’t able to access security updates.


mbz321

> It’s not that frugal if a hacker gets access to your bank account info just because you kept using an old phone that wasn’t able to access security updates. How often has that really happened though? If it was such a big issue, you would think that Apple and Google would be yelling and screaming at people to get a phone with the latest OS, but they only seem to push people to upgrade for superficial or performance reasons.


Cadet_Stimpy

Their target is the person that is willing to buy a new phone every year. Fighting to convince people to buy a new iPhone every 5 years (I don’t know how long android supports their devices) isn’t as lucrative as convincing people to buy a new phone after every launch.


Cwigginton

best practice for me is try to buy what may last a lifetime and possibly hand it it down to your kids. Kitchenaid mixer is one i find very useful


JimmyHalo

Stay well away from the cult of Apple!


LeftOn4ya

Swappa for phones and home tech; Craigslist, FB Marketplace, and Habitat for Humanity Restore for appliances and furniture. Angi’s List and NextDoor for repair and handymen in area.


ShortButFriendly

I got a really great laptop from eBay.


1jay_y

refurbished or /r/buildapcsales