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What Everyone Can Learn About Their Gadgets From This Broken Toaster

The tale of an infrared toaster oven shows how we must fix our broken relationship with stuff

Image from Peter Mui
Broken power switch on an infrared toaster oven. Photos: Peter Mui

The rise of unfixable products

The toaster oven’s circuit board with the switch, or SW15, soldered on. Image from Peter Mui
The toaster oven’s circuit board with the switch, or SW15, soldered on. Image from Peter Mui
The toaster oven’s circuit board with the switch, or SW15, soldered on
The toaster oven’s circuit board after Peter soldered on the new switch. Image from Peter Mui
The toaster oven’s circuit board after Peter soldered on the new switch. Image from Peter Mui
The toaster oven’s circuit board after Mui soldered on the new switch

Stuff’s built to be cheap, not to last

There’s an inherent problem in how stuff is made — but we can fix it

Right to Repair Campaign Associate with U.S. PIRG