When a fridge or a washing machine breaks, the first temptation is to throw up one's hands in disgust, drive the thing up to the dump and go spend a small fortune on a new one. Usually accompanied by mutterings about how typical it is that a piece of household furniture, particularly an 'active', white goods type one like this, goes kaput days after its warranty has expired. Not exactly the most eco friendly (not to mention bank account friendly) way of behaving, but natural enough: until one considers the ready availability of washing machine spares and fridge spares. All one needs, is to know who to call and where to look.
The Internet, naturally, is full of places a person can go to buy spare parts for a fridge or washing machine. On the whole, those places are best patronised by someone who actually knows what he or she is doing, of course there's no use happily trotting off and finding a web site that can provide spare parts for white goods, if one doesn't even know what it is on one's appliance that has broken. However. Get in a repair man (or woman), have them deliver a diagnosis, and then hop online to find fridge spares or washing machine spares. Have that repair person fit the spare, and the washer, or the fridge, will probably be good for a few years yet.
Self employed repairs people will find rich pickings on the Internet too. Wherever they normally go to source their spares, chances are (unfortunately for the people selling them the spares, but there you go) they'll be able to get them for a better price on the web. It's the old cyber adage, come out to haunt the high street supplier of washing machine spares, or fridge spares whatever a person can get in the 'real world', they're almost certain to find at a better price on the Internet. Why? Because half the online suppliers of stuff don't even need to hold the gear in their own warehouse they just take the orders and pass them on to subsidiary companies, who supply on their behalf. That drives per item price down significantly. Also, the Internet is a big and easily navigable place which means that, if something is available anywhere, it will pop up on the net after a very brief search. And that, of course, is a whole lot more appealing than traipsing down to the local hardware store to be told that yes, the part can be got, but it'll have to be ordered and it may take three weeks. One quick scoot around cyberspace and even the laziest home mechanic will be able to source whatever washing machine spares or fridge spares their customer needs.
Once again, the web proves that the world can be an easier place and it saves money not only for the mechanic sourcing the parts, but for the customer who no longer needs to get rid of his or her washing machine or fridge. In the modern world, there's very rarely a need to throw anything away.