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Companies that sell appliances which barely last a few years should be forced to buy them back. Even a 50 year old fridge will still run today with a new compressor

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@cypnk

In the 1970s, General Electric ran a series of ads with mothers & daughters, in which the daughters explained that they had bought new GE refrigerators because the ones their mothers had bought in the '30s were still running fine.

@publius Wow. That's pretty effective marketing. I wonder if the new fridges actually lasted

@cypnk @cypnk This frustrates me to no end. Many products of mine have a single part that breaks, and the replacement cost for the part is between 80%-150% of a whole new product. It's either intentional to ensure new products get sold or, more likely, it's done because they only make complete, boxed units, so replacing parts is swimming upstream. But it produces *so much junk* when a vacuum cleaner is fine except for a broken head or a pool cleaner is fine except for a motor.

@wauz @cypnk I actually believe in many cases it's not planned obsolescence but rather a disinterest in total product life cycle. It's oblivious obsolescence.

@roadriverrail
What once was deliberately planned is now.genetically hardcoded in engineers' brains...
@cypnk

@wauz @cypnk I'd make my products differently if that was in the cards. It's the folks in supply chain that set that in motion.

@roadriverrail @cypnk Heard this a lot this in west. India is relatively not like this still, because we are still not that consumerism oriented. Once we will be, companies will start doing the same here as well.

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