Items Thrown Away Rather Than Repaired

Published: 5/18/2010

Having taken a look at the attitudes of their home insurance customers Legal and General found that many prefer to throw broken items away rather than repair them.

Asked about electrical items like MP3 players and DVDs, 46 percent of those surveyed said they would throw it away if it stopped working. Slightly more worrying was the fact that 12 percent of people in the Legal and General study said they would throw an electrical item away if the fuse had blown.

On the one hand these results suggest we are throwing away perfectly serviceable items, though many small electrical items are very difficult to repair now, with manufacturers themselves recommending replacement rather than repair. Legal and General will usually replace electrical items that are claimed for on a home insurance policy since they follow the manufacturers guidelines.

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