Planned Obsolescence, on computers and appliances

The light bulb was one of the first products made that had to have planned obsolescence built in. If not, no one would have had to ever buy another light bulb again, ever. I don’t know if planned obsolescence was built into the early cars, but  I do know that I tend to go through a car every ten years. Computers, I go through about one every three years, but that is because I need to be as close to the bleeding edge as possible because of the software I use.

So, I don’t begrudge the computer industry, not really. I tend to pass my old computers on down the line to others who want them; but the computers were still working. However, what has gotten me mad enough to write about this subject, as opposed to writing about the graphic industry, or ring tones, or some such, is that my dryer died the other day. Fine, it had had a long life, by today’s standards, 11 years. I know, the economy is built on things breaking down, and people making new purchases. Fine, that’s good too. So, let me make a purchase. I went to the Sears site, and tried to buy a new dryers, and found that it wouldn’t come for two weeks. Then I started calling and surfing around and found that most retailers do a "just-in-time" inventory which means what they have on the floor is not in the back room. It is in some warehouse in the Midwest. Bah.

So, I went to a local store, Western Appliance, and was able to purchase the dryer, which was in stock, and "walk out the door" with it. The guy there said that was the way he kept his business was because when people went shopping they didn’t want to wait, they wanted what they wanted now, not two weeks from now. They don


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