2. Spare parts aren’t always available and when they are, they aren’t cheap
The lack of spare parts is one of the things that hinders repairing the most.
Manufacturers of household products are simply not making them in big enough numbers – so the demand is always higher than the offer. Basically you are left needing it more than they are ready to offer you. A couple of years ago, the European Union forced the automotive industry to produce more spare parts after the passing of specific legislation – that’s why it is much easier to repair a car than, say, a boiler.
In an ideal world, spare parts should be widely available. They should also be affordable for a minimum number of years following the last product batch. And if you aren’t into DIY yourself, they should be made available at affordable prices to third parties such as re-use centres or repair services.