My printer is broken. For ages I have put off doing anything about it, but I now need it working again. I have had it diagnosed. It has a blocked ink line. I can’t fix it myself but it is a trivial matter. Something that should take no time and little effort to repair.
So, here are the economics.
- Cost of having my old printer repaired: £49 (labour) + £58 (parts) + £20 (delivery to the one place where they will fix it) + £20 (delivery back to me again) + VAT = £176.40
- Cost of a new printer: £37.95
Of course, this totally fails to count all kinds of externalised costs such as that of wasting resources on manufacturing and transporting something across the world that does not need to be made.
Capitalism can be so stupid.