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VCR Deck not working

When inserting a cassette into the VCR Deck it will not 'grab' the VHS tape to take it into the machine.

I have the DVD Recorder+VCR GoVideo Model VR3930; purchased 4 1/2 years ago. Is this worth taking to be repaired (or better yet, can I repair it myself?).

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