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originally posted by: wylekat
a reply to: JAGStorm
Here's something to think about:
They make phones that have gorilla glass, withstand scratches, a few can take a pounding-
And they are rendered worthless in less than 5 years. The new one I got- It's being superseded by a new version later this year.
Things are made to break so more stuff can be bought. Nothing has worth any more.
originally posted by: MajorAce
You ever Find a $45-$55 item. Then the seller breaks out a book with a picture of the Item saying $200-$400. One day people will be doing this with IKEA made products. It's in the book.
originally posted by: JAGStorm
I was out shopping today, yes in a real brick and mortar store! I am just amazed by all the junk, firstly how much is just unnecessary stuff, secondly, how much of it is so poorly made. Furniture that weighs 20lbs!
I have been collecting antiques for a long long time, I know it is out of style right now. When I look at some of my antiques I see that even the most lowly item, like a simple box or basket is so well made, with thought and longevity. (same with houses) I know there is a machine that needs to be fed these days, but what cracks me up, is that people are decorating their houses with Antique replicas is that actually cost more than the real antiques that would last for generations. People don't know that real baskets can last 50 years or more! It is amazing how long real stuff can last. These young folks have no clue how crappy their stuff is, totally disposable everything.
The other thing that really disturbs me is how much of it is plastic, even most of our clothing is plastic now. I've been watching some documentaries on old farming methods. Everything was natural back then, even rugs, and when they lost their usefulness in the house they could be simply composted in the garden without ill effect.
I know this is the downside of progress and there are many benefits, but it seems like we are just living in such a wasteful unnatural state.