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    The “Right to Repair” Movement Is Fighting Planned Obsolescence

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    When planned obsolescence goes too far, the people of the Right to Repair want the right to…repair things. They aren’t fighting back with pitchforks and torches, but rather, screwdrivers and torch lights.

    As a prepper, having supplies that last and are able to be repaired can only be a good thing. And part of the reasons it’s so difficult to reduce our consumerism is that everything just keeps breaking on us.

    So, what do climate change regulations, so-called efficiency products, and planned obsolescence all have in common?

    All three are crashing into each other and making everyone miserable and poorer.

    What is planned obsolescence?
    Planned obsolescence means the deliberate altering of a product to break down at a certain point (often right after the warranty is up) forcing the consumer to buy another. Another aspect of planned obsolescence is designing the product to prevent repair either by gluing parts together or using obscure parts and not allowing the sale of spare parts. In many cases, the products are too cheaply made to warrant money spent on repairs, so millions of products end up in the dump, making people wonder why they buy things in the first place.

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    It even goes into small things like lightbulbs. The good old Wolfram glowing threads would last ages, literally, there's a bulb in a firefighter station in New York which is reliably lighting the room for a 100 years (!) already. But of course, this is bad for the producers's profit, so they researched other material and now sell you bulbs that last for 1000 or 2000 hours. Allegedly that is. I buy bulbs about every two or three months and it sucks.

    In general all the waste sucks. We usually dont buy "high price" stuff with thousands of decorative layers of wrap around it, or if possible, loose stuff without any wraps, we seperate waste into plastic, house waste and paper and still it's all full within days. I always wonder where all this waste is coming from...
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    I have purchased HP inkjet printers in the past that were deliberately programmed with a 'carriage lock error' to effectively make them useless unless the owner paid HP for the solution.

    The most infuriating example of planned obsolescence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    I have purchased HP inkjet printers in the past that were deliberately programmed with a 'carriage lock error' to effectively make them useless unless the owner paid HP for the solution.

    The most infuriating example of planned obsolescence.
    Printers... just out of interest, is that in America too that buying a new (home) printer including the ink cartridges being cheaper than buying only the cartridges?

    Basically they say the printers are not supposed to last longer than the ink
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Printers... just out of interest, is that in America too that buying a new (home) printer including the ink cartridges being cheaper than buying only the cartridges?

    Basically they say the printers are not supposed to last longer than the ink
    I have an HP ENVY 4512 inkjet printer that has provided good service for about a year now. I've replaced both color and B&W cartridges only once without encountering any problems. And I have an HP Laserjet 1102w for about two years, and no problems so far. I've replaced the toner cartridge only once during this time because it is so efficient.

    Hopefully, they will continue providing reliable service for a few more years at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Printers... just out of interest, is that in America too that buying a new (home) printer including the ink cartridges being cheaper than buying only the cartridges?

    Basically they say the printers are not supposed to last longer than the ink
    I have never bought any ink cartridges for any of my printers. Too expensive.
    I refill my own. Very easy and get same results.

    http://www.inkproducts.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    It even goes into small things like lightbulbs. The good old Wolfram glowing threads would last ages, literally, there's a bulb in a firefighter station in New York which is reliably lighting the room for a 100 years (!) already. But of course, this is bad for the producers's profit, so they researched other material and now sell you bulbs that last for 1000 or 2000 hours. Allegedly that is. I buy bulbs about every two or three months and it sucks.

    In general all the waste sucks. We usually dont buy "high price" stuff with thousands of decorative layers of wrap around it, or if possible, loose stuff without any wraps, we seperate waste into plastic, house waste and paper and still it's all full within days. I always wonder where all this waste is coming from...
    Well, it's a 4 watt bulb, so it doesn't really light the room, but yes, it's been lit for 118 years...

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