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Planned Obsolescence

Planned Obsolescence policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of nondurable materials.

FAQ


What is planned obsolescence with example?

Here are some examples of planned obsolescence: Setting a limit to how long a light bulb lasts as per the Phoebus cartel. Another example would be to create a new phone model every year with minor changes that make it incompatable with old versions.

What is planned obsolescence simple definition?

Planned obsolescence is a method of intentionally ensuring that the current version of a product will expire or lose it's usefulness within a known time period.

Is planned obsolescence good or bad?

Planned obsolescence can be good or bad. Most consider it bad in that customers don't know when the product will become obsolescent.

What companies use planned obsolescence?

Many companies have been accused of planned obsolescence: Apple slowing down old iPhones, HP creating ink cartridges that stop working prematurely, Pearson for creating modestly changed textbooks and H&M for creating fast fashion.

Is planned obsolescence legal in US?

Yes

Who invented planned obsolescence?

Alfred P. Sloan

Are cars designed to fail?

While cars might not be deliberately designed to fail, they are designed to appear obsolescent (perceived obsolescence).

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