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Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsOther - Electronics · 1 decade ago

WHY!!! don't they build things like they used too.?

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its just like theirs no pride in what there selling any more. its all cheep plastic crap.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Companies figured out that if things break, the consumer will buy another one. That's why most companies make things cheaply, but on the other hand Craftsman stands by there work and guarantees there tools will never break with a lifetime warranty to back it.

  • Ecko
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Definitely a tough question. We could talk about cheap imports and so on but that isn't the whole story, and it is a temporary one anyway. Planned obsolescence has mixed benefits. A manufacturer and a retailer need to be inventive with ways to get us to buy products. Make a better car that lasts 50 years? All the car companies go broke once most people have cars. Then cars will probably be made by small specialists, maybe for the rich. Tht's how it used to be. This is subtle though, the mechanical parts are made to be reliable but wear out after a while, while the plastic bits look tatty after a while, and so does the style, all incentive to buy a new one. How clever was Microsoft? They convinced us we need a new operating system every couple of years, when in fact the operating system should be a corner stone, so it can have most of the bugs ironed out and become "stable" over time.

    This is into philosophy, but the world does have to change in some way eventually. Needs creative thought. Planned obsolescence is the core of the model that has made us all relatively wealthy, at least it provided much more employment. However it is resource wasteful. Yes we can recycle the materials, but the energy used is lost. How much all this matters is partly to do with population. That is what makes it a difficult question.. Taboo subjects almost.

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