Planned Obsolescence: a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. The rationale behind the strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases.
I welcome you to check out Part I of this series here.
So why am I bringing this up again you ask? Isn’t this just a part of modern living we have to accept? I say NO! And so does France! Check out this Washington Post article.
Essentially, France will fine companies that fail to post the life expectancy of their product. And they’re planning to require companies to replace broken parts for the first two years!
Moving to France is definitely on my ‘To Do’ list.
What do you think? Would this sort of thing be possible in other parts of the world? Are there other ways to fight big businesses on this without strong government action?