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Originally posted by Ex_CT2
I've noticed the same thing. And while I can't provide an answer, I do sympathize. It does seem as if much of the technology has been designed to make life easier for the moment, but harder down the line. But that doesn't make sense even on a philosophical level. I can only surmise that it has something to do with cost. In the end, everything's about money....
Originally posted by Biigs
why sell something that works just as good forever, when they can add something replenishable to the mix and then make you want it and keep those profits coming in. Thats why they dont normally use multiple standard batteries, they rope you in with fancy advanced battery tech in their one of a kind battery shape.
did i ever care about plugging in an extension cords to get power to whatever it is i needed to do, nope.
id sooner buy a generator for everything, than batteries for fancy cordless tools.
its a surprise they arnt using cheap metal alloys over good steel and getting us that way too.
marketing and business is more important these days than a decent product, technology has seems to have taken a step back rather than steps forward when it comes to things like tool and appliances.
Originally posted by TMJ1972
whatever can be produced operated with batteries saves money for the industry for no more having to put a competent person to a hotline trying to explain the customer how to wire something up in order to have it working.
if you would actually produce something where a possibly unqualified person can get harmed in order to rig it up, you as a manufacturer get sued.
we make it up with batteries .. every idiot can change them .. problem solved
and the battery-business is happy too
its actually not for environment issues providing a device with batteries.
in fact an empty battery or an akkumulator at the end of its life-cycle is way more harmful to the environment than having the same functionality hard-wired.
its just for the money, again.
no hotline, no legal issues, no nothing .. stupid stuff for stupid people.
if it breaks .. throw it away and replace it ..
Originally posted by gwynnhwyfar
Yup, they just nailed us on our alarm system. The thing began to shriek every night and had to be reset, until we bought a new one, which had to come from a specialty battery store.
It was much easier when the thermostat was hard wired.
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by Ex_CT2
Okay, here's where the environmentalists come in:
The environmentalists protest all the batteries being dumped into the landfills, polluting the environment. One of them invents rechargeable batteries- which are very expensive and batteries and charging stations have to be replaced every so many years because they peter out. The price of regular batteries goes up and up and everything you buy HAS to have batteries. But the regular batteries don't last nearly as long anymore, and only the rich can afford to keep replacing them. Average income people are forced by financial circumstances to buy the rechargeable batteries to try to save what they can in costs.
Somewhere an environmentalist with stock in rechargeable batteries is in cahoots with people in the regular battery business and the electronics industry- and they're all getting as rich as fat cats.
Just an off hand theory. Or I could be full of it.