01 Jul '12, 2pm

Planned Obsolescence: 8 Products Designed to Fail (via @the_daily_green)

Planned Obsolescence: 8 Products Designed to Fail (via @the_daily_green)

cell phones, electronics, planned obsolescence cell phones Some have complained that cell phones seem to follow planned obsolescence, although it is also true that handsets endure heavy daily use, and often do wear out. Plus, cell phone technology has been proceeding apace. MP3 players, on the other hand, seem to be designed with more rapid planned obsolescence in mind. Unlike many gadgets, these units are rarely upgradable with more memory, meaning consumers are more likely to buy a whole new unit after they fill up their old one. But perhaps even more aggravating is planned obsolescence of proprietary batteries -- typically lithium-ion -- that are found in many MP3 players (in addition to laptops, cameras and some other devices). In the worst case, such as with Apple iPods, the battery can't be removed easily by consumers, forcing an expensive service request when it run...

Full article: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/pl...

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