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Buying a new computer compared to repairs

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- If you're looking to replace a broken computer, there are some options to consider.

You could get it repaired, or just buy a new one. If your computer doesn't work, what do you do? Look for deals in store ads, or call a computer repair shop. "I've definitely been getting more calls," says Shawn Winget, technician and owner of Win Tech computer services in Kennewick says the increase is connected to lots of reasons.

First, people want to save information stored on their hard drives. And second, saving money. "People may be more inclined to fix it, unless it's may more be more expensive to repair it than buy a new one because the amount of Christmas shopping money and stuff are tight," explains Winget.

Winget's customers say repairing is the best option, "I can buy something that's more expensive than what I paid for this at the time. In 2 months to a year, it will be outdated as well," says Anne Vorheis.

Anne's been using her Dell computer for seven years. A lifetime in the world of technology. Recently it's been running slow and not staying on , so finding a solution that only costs a hundred dollars was a no brainer,"it does make sense for me."

Stores like Best Buy are offering steep discounts. One advertised net book cost around the same as fixing it. And some Geek Squad employees say it may just make more sense to buy.

"Depends on the computer they have, how old it is. Kind of what the benefits they'll get from a new computer. With the holiday deals, there's really good deals on computers," explains Jason Reno, technician at Geek Squad.

Many  repair stores say if the costs exceed the value of the computer they recommend just buying new. But say some people prefer to stick with what they have.

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