a reply to: Thecakeisalie
It's all a matter of choice. You can buy stuff that is meant to serve you for decades or more. Stuff that can be repaired. You'll just have to pay
a bit more initially - but will end up having spent less money than most in the long run.
A few examples: we just bought ourselves a new washing machine, a Miele. The old Miele had served us for almost 26 years, washing everything in a
houshould that started out with the wife and me, then grew to five. We had it repaired a number of times: a new set of switches, a new pump and the
motor got new brushes. That's all.
Mieles are expensive but very solid and have a timeless design. You can still get spare parts for even the oldes types. Though they will not always
have the exact same old parts, they will provide a matching substitute. They manage to do that by keeping the look-and-feel of their machines
constant over many decades. For example: the old front panel switches were plain oval shaped white buttons which you could press in or out. When some
of them stopped working I got a new replacement board with the exact same switches - but this time they had little LEDs in them that lighted up when
the switch was pressed. The new Miele looks almost the same as the old one: same shape, same knobs, knobs work just like the old one and are roughly
in the same location. They even have the same colour. Okay, the new one now has a display that shows the remaining time - bloody innovation :-p.. I'm
sure it will serve me for the next 20 years, and when I'm still alive then I will buy my last Miele.. 3 of these in a lifetime. Pretty good!
Another example: my car. It's a Volvo. Serves me for 16 years now. Still drives like it was bought yesterday, but has 320.000 kilometers (~ 200.000
miles) on its odometer. We fully expect it to serve us for another 100.000 kilometers. Yes, it consumes some oil now. And it has a vortex in its tank.
But that vortex has always been there, we're kinda used to it. But eventually THAT will probably be the reason it has to go.
Like Miele, Volvo maintained a very timeless design for decades. They stopped that after being bought by Ford after which their cars started to look
like a Focus on bad steroids - so I'm not so sure I want my next car to be a Volvo again. It may be a Volkswagen. But I will drive that for at least
20 years too, if Law and life allow it..
PC's: my oldest one is a Compaq (the brand does not even exist anymore) from 1994. Still works fine. Hard disk has been spinning since then (20
years..) and I never had a problem. My laptops are all "oldies" but still work fine. All of these were regarded top of the line once: Sony Vaio,
IBM Thinkpad, stuff like that.
Phones: we typically buy a new personal phone every 5 years. I recently got a smart-phone and it works just fine and will probably still be in use in
2020. The old Google G1 I had still works fine too but as I have developed cataract I had to switch to a bigger screen.
Stoves: buy Jøtul. Will last for life. Magnetron: we had a Miele magnetron, which I bought in 1984 (!) and which still worked in 2012. Only had to
replace a fuse once. And the plastic top plate inside the compartment got brittle and so I replaced that too. Did not even have to pay for it
"because it should not have been brittle after only 20 years". We only got rid of it because it was very bulky and did not fit in our new
Stereo: the old Akai amp I bought in 1980 is still used by my younger brother after being repaired once. He also still uses my old BASF (really!)
digital tuner which I bought in 1984 or thereabout. My own amp has been serving me for 15 years and is still working fine.
And even equipment that can't be used anymore is not scrapped either. Our old washing machine for example has been taken apart by a friend of ours
who uses its parts to repair other old Miele washing machines. In my country, you can return electronic equipment etc. to any retailer who is obliged
to take it back and take care of proper recycling.
So, dunno. Seems to me that y'all have a choice - either buy solid stuff and be prepared to live with it for 20 years - or buy fashionable el cheapo