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
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.
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