Planned Obsolescence or Rip Off?

When I arrived at work this morning the alarm wasn’t set. We had trouble setting it a couple of days ago, and two weeks ago we had to leave it off all night as it wouldn’t set. Once is Ok, but when it starts happening like this you need to get it fixed, even if the call out is £75., and even if it was serviced just a couple of months ago.

I upset the technician who came to service it when he asked to borrow a brush – I told him at the price he was costing he should have his own brush (What’s it going to cost? £1.50?) He muttered something, so I pointed out that when I have my car serviced I don’t have to take a bag of spanners to the garage with me.

The man who called this morning blinded us with scientific gobbledygook about timing, and how we may be slower now than when it was originally set up. This is clearly tosh, as both my workmate and the boss, don’t hang about when it comes to closing up. I’m getting slower but don’t have any problems – apart from senior moments and forgetting the code.

Dwarf Iris

He then looked at the hard drive on the camera system. We had been leaving that as it didn’t seem like value for money just to call someone out to fix one thing. First he switched it off and switched it on again. Oh yes, £75 and that’s what you get. Then he told us that it had died and we needed a new one. We’ve only had it about four years and all it does is sit there and record on a continuing basis. It seems like we’ve fallen victim to a carefully managed scheme to milk us of our hard-earned profits. Or Planned Obsolescence, if you prefer a term that doesn’t accuse big business of ripping us off. Although I’m not sure why you would want a term that doesn’t big business of ripping us off, because that is what is happening. What with annual fees,call out charges, servicing and shoddy parts it would be cheaper to have a team of warrior monks on constant call to defend our property, while teams of their more peaceful brethren record our daily doings on vellum.

It turns out that the average hard disc drive lasts 3-4 years. You can see that space travel is going to be a problem. It’s OK nipping across to Mars, about seven years, but a quick jaunt to Proxima Centauri b is going to take 75,000 years, and I’m not sure how you are going to launch a space ship big enough to contain all those replacement disc drives. That’s an aspect of interstellar travel they never seem to discuss.

Lesser Celandine

9 thoughts on “Planned Obsolescence or Rip Off?

  1. jodierichelle

    Planned obsolescence – so typical of our species. Do we help the planet and make the best thing we can? Or do we add trash by making trash so we have to buy more trash?

  2. paolsoren

    Flowers seem to appear every year on time without any concept of planned obsolescence. I have some irises flowering and I KNOW they are more than 150 years old.


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