My laptop broke a few weeks after the expiration of the warranty.
My washing machine broke less than three months after the expiration of the warranty.
My microwave oven broke one week after the expiration of the warranty.
By breaking, I mean, to stop working, all of a sudden, without warning at all! And by stopping, I mean, nothing works at all, and nothing can be fixed or repair.
It is coincidence? Bad luck? A spell? Or do manufactures really practice a built-in obsolescence?
It's been a while that I hear about this word, without really knowing what it meant. So I've been researching, and I am beginning to believe that manufacturers are really deceitful, and design their products so that they stop working after a given length of time.
Of course, they argue this is not true. If products are breaking more often than in the past, this is only because they are more sophisticated, which makes them more fragile. In a way, this is understandable, but, why does a washing machine in 2016 needs to be more sophisticated than one purchased in the 90's?! Also, with time, aren't we supposed to improve the quality of things? Aren't we supposed to always come with better materials, better process of building? What's the point of the Research and Development department, if this is only to lay more and more fragile products? Oh, may be this is why they are paid for in fact!
Back to the washing machine syndrome. I don't know if this is true, but I read that, manufacturers are adding a little screw, which thickness is made to make it break progressively under the vibrations of the machine!!! Is that true? ... Or another Conspiracy theory?
Another example, Smartphones without removal batteries. Everybody knows that, with the time, a rechargeable battery will keep its load less and less. Since you can't replace these batteries, then, to me it's a trick to simply push you to buy a new Smartphone every couple of years, just because you can no longer recharge it!
I am sure we can find plenty of examples of this kind.
I would understand it, if products were more and more cheap, but this is not even the case! Everything is more expensive, and everything lasts less! There is something wrong!
Isn't it sneaky?