Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Cheaper to Buy A New One????
The washing machine had originally cost $297, and my friend did not feel like waiting four days to get the washer fixed, so he decided to spend the extra $84 and just buy a new one that same day.
A colleague of mine worked in the washing machine industry, designing components for a major manufacturer. He told me that while the machines generally were of high quality, there were certain parts designed to break down within X period of time. By spending a couple of dollars more, the same parts could last many times longer. Because the parts were specific to the machine, generic replacements were hard to come by; so customers would have pay a huge amount for the replacement - which explains why the machines were reasonably cheap to start out with.
After thinking about this, I realized that a big part of the problem with planned obsolescence is the cost of repair. What is the justification for the extremely exorbitant costs to repair a machine? How many other people decide that it’s “just easier to buy a new one”? How much does this type of behavior contribute to the planned obsolescence problem?
An article on the Green Living Tips Web site on planned obsolescence, located at http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/231/1/Planned-obsolescence.html stated,
By: Abdullah Alarifi