Planned obsolescence- definitions

this is where they make things to not last as long as they used to

or it starts this way

some rules in this regard need to be dealt with

Planned obsolescence

In economics and industrial designplanned obsolescence (also called built-in obsolescence or premature obsolescence) is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life or a purposely frail design, so that it becomes obsolete after a certain pre-determined period of time upon which it decrementally functions or suddenly ceases to function, or might be perceived as unfashionable.[1] The rationale behind this strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases (referred to as “shortening the replacement cycle”).[2] It is the deliberate shortening of a lifespan of a product to force people to purchase functional replacements.[3]

Built To Fail: 7 Examples Of Planned Obsolescence

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Planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is a business strategy where a product is designed to have a limited lifespan or become obsolete after a certain period of time, often to encourage consumers to purchase a newer version of the product. The goal of planned obsolescence is to increase sales and revenue by creating a consumer culture where people are encouraged to constantly upgrade or replace products, rather than using them for extended periods of time.

There are several ways that planned obsolescence can be built into a product, including using cheaper materials that will wear out or break more easily, limiting software updates or compatibility with newer technology, or intentionally designing a product to be difficult or expensive to repair.

While planned obsolescence can be profitable for companies in the short term, it can also be harmful to the environment and contribute to a throwaway culture where waste is generated unnecessarily. Some critics argue that planned obsolescence is unethical and manipulative, as it takes advantage of consumers by encouraging them to purchase products that they may not need.


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