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The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair


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The FTC’s endorsement of the rules is not a surprise outcome; the issue of Right to Repair has been a remarkably bipartisan one, and the FTC itself issued a lengthy report in May that blasted manufacturers for restricting repairs. But the 5 to 0 vote signals the commission’s commitment to enforce both federal antitrust laws and a key law around consumer warranties—the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act—when it comes to personal device repairs.

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Too little too late. A lot of consumer electronics these days are not easy to fix at all. The MacBook Pro for example comes in 3 pieces. The screen, the logicboard and the keyboard/trackpad/battery. Everything on the logicboard is soldered on so you can't just replace whatever part breaks. Other hardware manufacturers are either starting to make their hardware similar to this or already are. While this will mean that you can buy the parts directly from the manufacture now, they will be priced to a point where it would be cheaper to just trade in the broken phone/laptop/whatever and just buy a new one.

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16 hours ago, Andrew said:

Too little too late. A lot of consumer electronics these days are not easy to fix at all. The MacBook Pro for example comes in 3 pieces. The screen, the logicboard and the keyboard/trackpad/battery. Everything on the logicboard is soldered on so you can't just replace whatever part breaks. Other hardware manufacturers are either starting to make their hardware similar to this or already are. While this will mean that you can buy the parts directly from the manufacture now, they will be priced to a point where it would be cheaper to just trade in the broken phone/laptop/whatever and just buy a new one.

 

You can just learn soldering.... lol. I watch a guy on youtube who takes old ps1-4s, handhelds like gameboys etc and completely repairs them. Once you learn how to do it properly its not that big of a deal and will save you a bunch of cash 🙂

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1 hour ago, Odyn said:

 

You can just learn soldering.... lol. I watch a guy on youtube who takes old ps1-4s, handhelds like gameboys etc and completely repairs them. Once you learn how to do it properly its not that big of a deal and will save you a bunch of cash 🙂

You'd need a bit more than a regular soldering iron for modern electronics. You'd need a crazy amount of skill, a microscope and the right type of soldering iron in order to replace broken parts without damaging them or something else. Not only that but legally the Logicboard (and I'm sure the motherboard of non-apple laptops these days) would be one piece, so even though by law, they'd have to sell you the parts directly, they will sell you an entirely new motherboard rather than just the RAM, SSD, CPU or GPU separately.

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