What do you think about Planned obsolescence?

  1. lbramos profile image74
    lbramosposted 6 years ago

    What do you think about Planned obsolescence?

    How does it applies to your business area? Are you in favor or against it? It would be great to have here comments from very different areas!
    More info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

  2. Wayne Brown profile image82
    Wayne Brownposted 6 years ago

    Some of it is just a fact of life. For example, office computer systems have a way of becoming obsolescent in a 3 to 5 year window...technology moves forward. It is not so "planned" as it is "predictable".  Commercial aircraft have a planned obsolescence due to cycling and fatigue of the metallic parts.  Probably a good thing too. Until technology becomes stagnant there will always be obsolescence...either planned or otherwise. It is predictable. WB

  3. lbramos profile image74
    lbramosposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for your reply Wayne. I agree with you but there are things that could last a lot longer and they don't, because suppliers choose to have worse components...

    A light bulb for example... if you take aside the "economical ones" who last 10.000 to 25.000 hours, most of them last 1.000h... Do you know how many ours did it last the first one invented by thomas edison? 1.500h... But a few decades ago there was a meeting in europe, with the biggest producers choosed to have light bulbs which last only 1.000 hours so they could sell more... Do you agree with this way of doing business?

    It's a tough choice... Be known by your quality of product but sell less because of the price, or sell more but at an inferior price...