Planned Obsolescence — A Crisis of Capitalism

  • re-styling of the same product with no fundamental differences
  • psychological obsolescence — making the older model unfashionable
  • use of inferior materials in critical components (especially the single point of failure areas)
  • Using a layout of components that is predetermined to be troublesome sooner
  • Prevention of repairs
  • Systemic obsolescence — this program is no longer supported.
  • Prevention of repairs — try to repair an iPad. You can’t even open it.
  • Costly replacement parts — try to perform a screen replacement of an iPhone.
  • Psychological obsolescence — release a newer model that is exactly the same as yours but exists to make your older model feel inferior and outdated
  • No battery replacement mechanism. You cannot open it and put in new batteries. Once your battery is no longer functioning at its best, that's it, you live with it, or you buy a new one.
  • Software — the software version on this iPad is no longer supported.

No, it's not about Lowering Costs — It's about Repeat Purchases

No, It's Not About Innovation — It's about Sales Growth

It's a stupid system

Gross Misallocation of Resources

How Much is this Costing Us?

How is this not viewed as Crisis?

What's the point? What are we doing?

We are creating “Growth” for the Capitalists and Jobs for the Boys

Collapsing Under the Weight of its Own Contradictions



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Ryan Gosha

Ryan Gosha

Financial Analyst, Cloud Accountant, Citizen Data Scientist, FPL Boss