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I have a friend who cracks her iPhone screen every month. If you have a cracked screen, and are on the fence about buying or replacing, read on. The impulse to buy new technology when your old computer, laptop, or mobile device needs repair is a tempting one. After all, the cost of repairing cracked screens, broken motherboards, and game consoles that are not working properly is almost the same in many cases as buying a new replacement. However, before you make the decision to buy something new, consider the options when you could make repairs like fixing a broken phone screen or clearing up computer issues.

Upgrade to Something You Want

Just because it is new does not mean it is better for you. This means that you should not upgrade unless the new product offer something that you need or you wanted to do something specific. This is because there is a big difference between “new” and “upgrade.” Just because it is new does not mean it represents an upgrade to what you have now. Many newer models of mobile devices and computers only offer small improvements over devices made in the previous year. Plus, what is upgraded may be something that you do not care for or even like. Not everyone will use virtual reality goggles. In such cases, you’ll want to repair what you have assuming it is less expensive to do so. You should only buy something new if it does represent an upgrade to what you have that you want.

Some may be enticed to upgraded by the availability of VR gear with the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01CJU9BBM” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”nerdsquawk16-20″]Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Factory Phone[/easyazon_link].

Fix a Cracked Screen Yourself

You can visit a local shop to find how much they charge to fix your broken screen or other repair. Broken screen replacement is often less than $100. You can also buy kits online like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B01M3RHOQZ” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”nerdsquawk16-20″]iPhone Screen Replacement Kit.[/easyazon_link] Need to fix something else? Just take a look around – you will be surprised how affordable it often is to replace a key or a piece on a device.

Selling Older Items

Consider how much new items cost, especially new mobile devices or computers and how that hits your bank account. Of course, you might offset the costs somewhat by selling your old device for parts. While you may not get a lot of money, it might soften the blow of having to pay for new technology considerably. The key is to do your research and sell your old, broken items to the right places that pay you a substantial amount of money.

Consider that a broken screen is easy for many shops to replace and they have an incentive do pay more for devices that need such repairs. So, you might be able to get a good price for items that are broken in that manner. Of course, if your old device has complete crashed or has been damaged beyond repair, you can still sell it for the remaining parts and earn something that will compensate for your new purchase. Just be sure to have your mobile device or computer fully erased before you sell it.

Consider mediums like Swappa, eBay or Craigslist to sell your old technology. Apple also has an upgrade credit program.


Buy Refurbished Items

When you have a cracked screen, another consideration is whether you should purchase a used or refurbished mobile device or computer as your replacement. They cost less than new devices, but they also may not have the full warranties and protections. Consider that a refurbished device is in many ways just like new and when it does come with a good money back guarantee to protect against defects and long-term warranty for damages, you are getting a pretty good deal. Just remember to do your research before making the purchase. You can find these on the same mediums you sell items at Swappa, eBay or Craigslist. Apple and most retailers also sell refurbished devices.

Prevent a Cracked Screen

One of the best ways that you can prevent a cracked screen is to protect it. I prefer to use a good bumper case and a tempered class cover. [easyazon_link identifier=”B01415QHYW” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”nerdsquawk16-20″]Tempered glass[/easyazon_link] is affordable and easy to place. If you want extreme protection, I recommend the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00Z7SHCC4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”nerdsquawk16-20″]OtterBox.[/easyazon_link]

So, if you need to fix broken phone screen and are considering replacing the phone instead, be sure that you do your research before making the decision of whether to repair or replace. You might find that repairing is better for you and your wallet.

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