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Planned Obsolescence

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There was a video a couple years ago called The Lightbulb Conspiracy. It not only showed how most of the products we're sold are meant to wear out prematurely, but also that we're often cheated, and that much more durable goods have been available for many years. I don't know if this has been posted here or not, but I thought this was a pretty well-done documentary.

 

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6 minutes ago, VonLud said:

If you sell something that lasts forever, it is not a good business model.

Exactly. 

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The only way to get anything of quality is to pay a small fortune for it. Even then, that doesn't always guarantee quality. All of these companies that moved their factories from the U.S. to China and other countries have let their quality degrade to the point that it no longer resembles the product for which their trademarks were originally issued. Branding is supposed to represent quality and consistency. It doesn't and their trademarks should be taken away, but it doesn't work that way. That's why I don't care what brand most products are unless I'm buying boots and shoes. 

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Don't you want the latest and greatest product falling apart sitting on the shelf collecting dust? 

Of course now, since China is booming, it is actually cheaper for American businesses to make their product in US instead of China. 

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One point that was brought out, though not commented on in the film, is that the capitalists made cheap products while the communists were making quality products. But the quality products were not available to most people because of the inherent flaw of communism being centralized (bureaucratic) control. A good product doesn't matter if people can't have it. If we ever get a chance to start the world over, we need to already have an idea about what kind of economic system would provide quality and quantity without thick bureaucracy.

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56 minutes ago, Challenger said:

One point that was brought out, though not commented on in the film, is that the capitalists made cheap products while the communists were making quality products. But the quality products were not available to most people because of the inherent flaw of communism being centralized (bureaucratic) control. A good product doesn't matter if people can't have it. If we ever get a chance to start the world over, we need to already have an idea about what kind of economic system would provide quality and quantity without thick bureaucracy.

One point that could be made, is that you sit around lamenting what is not available to you and the reasons for it (many and varied), or you could put that effort into countering the magick planned for your obsolescence, with magick just as powerful.

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20 minutes ago, flute said:

One point that could be made, is that you sit around lamenting what is not available to you and the reasons for it (many and varied), or you could put that effort into countering the magick planned for your obsolescence, with magick just as powerful.

Unless your own government forcefully prevents you from doing things yourself. This isn't about whining. For example, there was a time in the old Soviet union when farmers in a village were forced to give the government all their seed, so they couldn't plant crops. Then when harvest came, the government demanded the crops anyway. The men were taken out and executed and the women and children left to starve to death.

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