Is this worth fixing or should I let it die broken?
TL;DR: Did something nice for a family member who needed to use it for photos. Supposed to be short term, made it a 9 year loan by beating me into submission and then breaks the USB port. Not going on beyond that here, but I’m never doing anything nice for him again. OR letting him use anything I own.
So this happened yesterday when I was called in on my day off, so who knows when this happened - could have happened on a work day and he didn’t tell me until the port was completely dead end but that’s not important - what’s important is it’s broken. In this case, what happened was that I was called in to check it (and by god was this so important I couldn’t do it later) and the issue was the USB port is broken.
So when he pushed it again, I took a look at it knowing full well in my gut that he broke the camera. So when I looked at the camera, I immediately knew but wanted to be sure. Yep… Got a PS3 controller and confirmed what I suspected; he broke the camera. I brought it up and made a hard mention he could buy his own, but he didn’t take that and insisted on removing the card… why I was honest is beyond me. I’m hoping this is an easy fix, but I’m also doubtful because he dropped it once and when I got on him then he treated me like bad blood and I stupidly gave in, so I’m afraid of trace damage.
So I’m stuck with 2 options:
- Demand he make me whole and let him keep a broken 9 year old SLR
- If he refuses, take the camera back by force, tell him to take a hike and hope it’s repairable
Would I be better off getting the cost of a replacement/replacement hardware and letting him keep it and he can use it until he dies, or taking it back and praying I can repair it?