This is becoming more and more prevalent in our society not only for environmental reasons but now it effects your wallet more than ever.
An article I've read on the site, thisisexeter.co.uk, is also saying the same message. However we have always come at this from a sofa or furniture point of view.
This article says something more, which is, why stop there? What if your electrical appliances break-down, go out and buy new? Not only are there masses of second-hand white goods that will save you money. But why not try and get it repaired? In most circumstances it will be cheaper.
As a society we need to move on from our throw-away culture. Maybe the ever talked-about credit crisis will bring on the change that's needed.