UK Households Are A Gadget Graveyard

  • Brits hoard £2,460 worth of broken tech
  • Smartphones topped the list of broken gadgets for 78% of Brits
  • 19% of Brits prefer to replace rather than repair their technology

UK Households are full of broken gadgets collecting dust, according to new research.

The survey of 1,007 UK adults carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer,, revealed that the average UK household is currently hording £2,460 of broken technology and gadgets.

Smartphones topped the list (78%) as the tech most Brits have held on to, despite them being broken.

62% of Brits admitted they are currently in possession of a damaged or malfunctioning laptop.

iPads and tablets took third place for broken technology – with 59% of Brits admitting they have this tech in need of repair.


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When it comes to repairing broken technology and gadgets, Brits appear to be in no rush as 37% will wait as long as six months fix broken gadgets.

Almost 1 in 5 (19%) say they would rather replace their broken gadgets than have them repaired.

The survey quizzed respondents on the reasons why they delay repairing broken technology and gadgets – 44% of Brits said the high cost of repairs was the number one reason for this.

17% of UK adults will attempt to fix their broken gadgets with the help of online tutorials, while 14% will turn to a tech savvy friend in a bid to save money.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at, said: “It’s surprising to see the amount of broken or damaged technology and gadgets Britons continue to use or keep hold of.

“We would advise consumers to repair damages as soon as possible, if something as small as a cracked screen is left too long this can result in further damage to the device which will increase repair costs at a later date.

“Even though an item of technology may no longer work or is damaged beyond repair, some parts or components may still be of value. There are number options when it comes to recycling or selling old technology, which can be refurbished or stripped for parts. We buy and sell second hand technology from our customers while also offering discounts on new purchases.”

The data found that men own an average of £2,990 of broken technology and gadgets compared to women who own an average of £1,930.

Laptops Direct is the UK’s largest online laptop specialist, selling a wide range of new and refurbished laptops from leading brands, as well as a wide range of other lifestyle gadgets.

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