What are Oregonians Fixing?

The devices Oregonians tried to fix in 2018 and why it’s harder to repair them than it should be.
Released by: OSPIRG Foundation

Here in Oregon, we want to fix our stuff.

Something breaks or doesn’t work right. You could throw it away, but you don’t want to be wasteful, so you try to figure out how to get it fixed.

According to a review of data from iFixit, a self-described “repair guide for everything, written by everyone.” Eight hundred ninety-three thousand unique users from Oregon went onto their website to look up how to repair something in 2018. That’s about 1 in 5 Oregonians.

Looking more closely into that data from iFixit, the top ten devices that Oregonians attempted to fix most often in 2018 were cell phones, laptops, automobiles, tablets, gaming consoles, desktop computers, vacuums, portable music players, coffee makers and watches. Cell phones repair guides were by far the most popular, receiving 29 percent of all the page views.

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