Tuesday, June 9, 2015

France Passes Law to Help Deter Planned Obsolescence

by Ashley Quinones

Photo from Digital Trends.

France has passed a law forcing appliance manufacturers to be upfront with customers about how long their products are built to last, and more importantly how long they will be providing access to replacement parts for their models or chance being fined. This is huge given how hard it can be to find replacements to broken items that are barely used, like this gentleman who tried to replace his 3-year-old lawnmower blade only to find it exceedingly difficult to find the correct part.

In conjunction to this new law, France also plans to target appliance manufacturers by passing a similar law requiring all new products to be replaced or repaired free of charge for the first two years following purchase. Having recently purchased a new washer myself and shelled out $100 extra on a 5 year warranty, this kind of mandatory included warranty would be greatly appreciate by my bank account were I a citizen of France.

France's hope is that measures like these help cut back on companies employing planned obsolescence as a marketing strategy. Hopefully their efforts prove to be a step in the right direction.

Information in this post from this article and this article.

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