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Angie's List: To Fix or Buy New?

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What do you do when the coffee pot stops brewing, the leaf blower stops blowing or the laptop goes haywire? Do you fix it or buy new? 

When it comes to vacuums, Angie cautions people about tossing out that old one too quickly. Company research shows a decline in these repairs, but a number of reports show that repairs as little as five dollars can make a 10-to-20-year-old vacuum as good as new. 

Appliance Store Manager, Ryan Wagner said, ""If the consumer made an initial investment in that that was pretty large - not saying a refrigerator - and they can get it fixed for a couple hundred dollars, they may opt to repair."

Angie's List recommends replacing any item if the repair will cost more than half the price of buying a new one, and if it's nearing the end of its useful life.

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