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11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2012, 10:00 Verno
 
Creston wrote on Oct 1, 2012, 17:31:
Manufacturers realized that if they built something to last, it would last, and people would never buy new. If instead they'd build something that would die in a few years, people would go buy new.

Sure, there's some truth to the planned obsolescence thing. Printers and light bulbs are a great example of that. On the other hand there is a lot of stuff that is simply far more complex and prone to wear/tear, especially considering our reliance on miniature electronics in almost every facet of our lives.

For the past 50 years, companies have been basing their business model around planned obsolescence. If they were to all suddenly make goods that lasted a lifetime now, our economy would literally collapse. It's a such a crazy, inter-connected chain with roots everywhere from the US to China that there is no going back. It will have to be forced by lack of natural resources to continue production as these rates.
 
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