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Another element that other answers haven't touched on is Economic Production Quantity. For many components in products, for example the metal casing of a washing machine, or any plastic injection moulded part, the machinery required to produce them takes a significant amount of set up time. This set up involves getting the mould out of storeage, installing ...


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Whether repairing or replacing is cheaper varies a lot between situations. You wouldn't buy a new bike or car because of a flat tire. Depending on the hole and your DIY abilities, replacing the tube or tire or patching are the usual ways to deal with this. But putting in a replacement zipper into a well-worn jeans is a different situation as the repair ...


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It is a question of man hours used with technology against man ours (your time used in making repairs) without technology. If you worked in a factory you could make a hundred items in the time it would take you to repair one item. Even with a household sewing machine, you couldn't keep up with the speed of factory output. Everyone who works for a wage is in ...


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