a reply to: gosseyn
The best way to overcome planned obsolescance is to either buy quality goods in the first place and eliminate the rubbish that has a planned or
predicted shelf life or accept that you don't need it in the first place.
As for your lighting scenario...my last house had a total of about 50 watts in total for all the bulbs and only one or two on at a time. Hardly a big
issue and I was happy paying the 28 euros per month for my total electrical consumption.
Unfortunately, people want, feel and are told that they need more options, more choice, the latest features, the fastest, most economical etc etc.
The GOOD things are expensive for a reason but most people cannot afford them or want to pay for them, hense, they buy a cheap equivalent which gets
trashed in a fraction of the time and replaced with more rubbish.
Don't change the stuff, change the people and FORCE the producers to make better quality items. Also, have you considered how many jobs would be lost
if things lasted longer and the demand reduced?
I am not a traditional consumer but a maker, repairer, restorer, improver and a 'do withouter'. THAT is my statement to the world of stuff....I just
don't feed the machine. If it only makes a tiny difference, it still matters.
The world is amazingly greedy and ignorant and while I won't take part in that, I will always do my bit to help change others.
ps..this post was created on a computer I built from old bits I salvaged from the local dump about 5 years ago. Not a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or
other modern tekkie gadget. See my point?
edit on 4/1/2016 by nerbot because: (no reason given)