The Washington Times - February 25, 2009, 09:27AM

The economic downturn has prompted consumers to repair items such as cars and electronics instead of buying new ones, Lauren Whetzel is reporting.

Consumers are looking to save a buck or two by extending their use of big-ticket items, spawning repair shops across the country and on the Internet.


If I knew how to fix stuff, I would never again buy anything new.  Except maybe food.  Maybe.

You remember how the old Maytag repairman commercials used to emphasize how lonely he was because the company’s products were so good?  Have you noticed that now Maytag has him fixing other things, like voting machines, or showing how durable its machines are?  Call me cynical, but I’ll bet he doesn’t know how to repair a washing machine.  Probably can’t even read the manual.