Although I do believe that planned obsolescence exists, I don’t think that is the real problem. The real problem are all the cheap shits cheapskates who’d rather drive an extra 10 miles to get a slice of industrially-manufactured bread 10 cents cheaper. Here in Germany, government and other agencies are on the hunt again after a study has shown that quite a few products reach the end of their life cycle a few years before they used to. Yes, they also admit that people are just prone to throwing things out a few years earlier than they used to, but so far they haven’t been able to find any other culprits that have, indeed, included some mystical thingamajig that breaks two minutes after the guarantee is up.
I have also had products that failed far too early, but the main problems are, besides the aforementioned cheap-shit products manufactured for the general populace that apparently doesn’t want anything else, companies limiting their products’ use by installing all kinds of crap (like Canon printers) to make you replace something way before it is necessary or who substantially increase the price of replacements within the lifespan of their products.
I found a simple solution for myself.
I stopped buying that kind of crap years ago.
And I do tons of research before I buy anything.
The problem is though that one simply can’t shake the feeling that cheap crap is all that is left. The other day I was researching somewhat affordable Blu-ray players and high definition TVs and whichever products I came across had amassed a ton of 1-star reviews … because they had all disappeared into “The Great Beyond” before their time was up. Even the more expensive products are, apparently, crap. After two days of intensive searching I didn’t come up with a single product I would buy.
Life sucks … and then you die.