While tech moguls appear to be taking over the world one app, device, and multi-million dollar buyout at a time, there is still hope for the small business hero if we, as consumers, trust in repair.
You may take to Twitter to rant about how the line that wrapped around the block at the Apple store was a waste of your time and curse the hype about streamlined tech that is ruining our society. But then you went home, hopped online, and ordered an iPhone from Apple.com. Are you really fighting the good fight?
In order to really make a difference, we need to actively choose the used and refurbished. Go to your nearest GameStop and get the latest version of whichever gadget you desire, while simultaneously supporting the right to repair.
The stigma around repair vendors is one that needs to be broken. Why wouldn’t you trust in the man who works day and night solely to repair tech gadgets? He is an expert on the ins and out of your device, while the Genius Bar Geek is skilled at going into the back and retrieving a new unboxed phone.
The next time you are in the market for a new device, choose your local small business, break your habit of buying new, and save some money while you’re at it.