How it works
Why Right to Repair?
When your smartphone breaks down because a small chip or electronic part has stopped working, the original manufacturer often repairs the device only at a price so high that you might as well buy a new phone. Repairment can often take weeks and all data is wiped from the device during the repairment, which leaves you a large bill and a loss of all your data on your smartphone.
In reality, many individual chips only cost a tiny amount, and repairment wouldn't be so expensive if the manufacturers had repair shops as competition. This is not the case, however, because companies explicitly get factories to refuse selling electronic parts to repair shops. This is an effective shutdown of the repair market and allows vendors to charge repairs at ridiculous prices.
How can we fix this?
You shouldn't need to buy a new and expensive printer every year. Instead, you should be able to repair your printer for a small price if something small breaks. Manufacturers of electronic devices should be forced to share all the information needed to reapir the device and all the parts should be accessible to buy for anyone.
- The Guardian: Why right to repair matters – according to a farmer, a medical worker, a computer store owner
- Right to Repair Europe: Home - Right to Repair Europe