Planned Obsolescence

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.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

  1. I have the exact same feeling. Everything is done cheaply and is shit. There seems to be a hollowing out of the ‘middle’; you either get cheap crap or you pay through the nose for the hi end version (even then you can’t be sure that it will last). Talk about progress…

    My reaction to all this is to look to vintage stuff. Of course you can’t go vintage for a lot of new technology but I do what I can. But vintage also has its own share of issues… maintenance and availability of spare parts.

    Good to find this blog after realizing your old one seldom gets updated.


    1. Welcome to the show, Pauline. Nice to have you around. 🙂

      Yes, my other blog is only for in-depth stuff I didn’t have much time for these past many months. This site here is my FB replacement. Sometime this month I should reach 200 posts.

      I think your comment re product quality is spot on. And, as I am also a Hifi nut, vintage equipment is actually more popular than ever. Yes, spare parts are a problem at times, but there has been a virtual cottage industry developing around this trend. In regard to Hifi, the 70s were the golden age and many people have started investing into products from that time again, especially because a lot of them were also better. Rising second-hand prices are – of course – the result.


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