Something that we probably all suspected, but didn’t realize exactly how prevalent it was. Many consumer products are purposefully built so that they are very difficult, if not almost impossible to repair forcing us to upgrade to the latest and greatest model.
Sadly we live in a throw away society where we are actively or passively pushed to replace and upgrade rather than fix, whether knowingly or unknowingly. It’s infuriating. Obviously, it’s in a corporations best business interest to have us shell out for something new rather than extend the lifestyle of something that already exists.
If you think that this isn’t actually a tactic that is designed in to the product then just read this:
“For their part, manufacturers of products — from electronic device companies to appliances that need special codes that only the parent companies have access to — have stated that enabling repair to their products would be a security breach or copyright infringement. The idea is that by making repair easier, their products’ trade secrets will be compromised.
But consumer advocates think it’s more about profit than safety: “No one puts trade secrets in their repair manuals, and repairs can’t infringe patents because repairing isn’t manufacturing,” Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of the Repair Association.”
There is a growing movement for “Right To Repair” laws that would set “requirements on durability, repairability and recyclability of products.” – effectively reducing waste, protecting our environment and of course saving us money.