“What do you mean it isn’t worth fixing? I was told when I bought this TV it was the best. When my mom and dad bought a TV it lasted 20 years. This whole thing is a racket just to get you to buy new stuff.”
I understand the frustration. However, there are a few less obvious provisos to this little scenario.
For one, television technology did not change much from the first explosion of the medium after WWII through the 1980s. There was color in the 1960s and stereo sound decades later but for the most part television manufactures and broadcasters tweaked the same basic technology that governed television broadcasts during the era of most of our parents and grandparents.
Second, consider that the electronics industry is unique in one very profound aspect. What other industry exists in which, after a product is introduced and as time goes by, the cost of the product goes down and the performance of it goes up?
Imagine taking your car in for repair and the dealership telling you that the new model of your car now costs half as much as the old one and also runs twice as good. Yeah, that’s going to happen.
So, it is not a complete insult to your past investment when you consider that the industry offers up updated models for less cost than your original purchase and they often work considerably better.
All things considered that’s not such a bad reason for the TV not to be worth fixing.
Besides, don’t you really want a bigger TV anyway?