Electronics manufacturers that don't allow third-party repairs of their products are essentially monopolizing repair markets, and the government should use antitrust law to address the problem, write Claire Kelloway and Daniel Hanley of the Open Markets Institute. Doing so would mean "manufacturers would have a greater incentive to make high quality, durable products rather than make products that need regular repair or make shoddy products built to be discarded and replaced regularly," they write.
Applying antitrust law to manufacturers may curb e-waste
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