This is why we can't have nice things

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    References:
    The Man in the White Suit - ve42.co/Suit

    London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. - ve42.co/London32

    Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press - ve42.co/madetobreak

    Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. - ve42.co/Phoebus

    Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel - ve42.co/PMobs

    The Light Bulb Conspiracy - de-film.com/v-video-e9xmn228HM0.html

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    Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
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Burns Blown Glass
Burns Blown Glass

A GM engineer once told me, "it's easy to make a car last forever, getting one to break down in 7 years is the trick"

Vor 11 Monate
Billy Bishop
Billy Bishop

They are experts at it now!!

Vor 4 Tage
femboi lurking through comment
femboi lurking through comment

why tf i read this like singing all star?

Vor 6 Tage
Mayven
Mayven

@Burns Blown Glass omg! I'm surprised you answered! And remembered. Thank you for answering lol.

Vor 9 Tage
Tinker Man Mick
Tinker Man Mick

Apple was the best example you could have used for planned obsolescence. Great video thank you!

Vor 2 Monate
Tommaso l
Tommaso l

@PfropfNo1 instead of shutting off? What are you talking about? Iphones would have not shut off

Vor Tag
MIOH
MIOH

@Squant nope i use a samsung s8 since 2016 and just change it in 2022 because how advance chipset have become and my phone can't play most of the apps (productivity and games, not social media they work just fine) i usually use anymore, and the newer product become more efficient ,powerful and surprisingly cheaper. Buy s8 for 600 in USD and buy better newer one of Xiaomi about 450 in USD and works like a charm. Don't lump all android in one because every brand has different strategy, you cannot compare Apple and Android because it is not apple to apple (no pun intended), you can compare Apple to Samsung or Xiaomi or OnePlus or Nothing phone. Android is an actual free market, where everyone can compete and people free to choose, you want overpriced Samsung's (not everything though) or reasonable price Xiaomi, while iPhone is not really like that, in fact it is the opposite. They have the power to create that fake obsolescence because they control it from top to the bottom and they ensnare consumer as if their product is the best, which definitely up for debate, but most of their Fanboy are wild hooligans, which easier for them to control.

Vor 2 Tage
PfropfNo1
PfropfNo1

@blokbirb you just did the same though :D

Vor 3 Tage
blokbirb
blokbirb

@Squant Tf in the EU everyone laughs at how easily apple products break and how they're specifically designed to suck like the air pods that get clogged with ear wax and grime unless you buy the "pro" version 💀

Vor 3 Tage
blokbirb
blokbirb

@PfropfNo1 Apple and longevity in the same sentence? LOL

Vor 3 Tage
Anonymous Cause thats how i roll
Anonymous Cause thats how i roll

All of this neglects one of the worst parts of planned obsolescence: the overwhelming waste. We don’t have infinite resources, and even when we recycle the old models and items, we still produce emissions and non-recyclable components. Planned obsolescence only further exaggerates resource depletion and pollution

Vor 12 Tage
Tyrone Washington
Tyrone Washington

@K-oz Dragon There where 139 cars manufactured between 1942 and 1945. Car factories don't exist in 1945. Hey "At least you can drive a tank to work". This K-oz Dragon guy imagines there is car-tanks, what a pretender.

Vor Stunde
K-oz Dragon
K-oz Dragon

@Tyrone Washington lol sure thing bud. Go ahead & show me one of these tank cars. Would love to see one. You said they continued to make them after the war as well. Would love to see a Sherman on wheels. Tanks get like 4 miles per gallon of specialized diesel, I bet these cars were super popular. The quarter inch armor really helped in an accident too. 🤦‍♂️

Vor Stunde
K-oz Dragon
K-oz Dragon

@LaserPeow I hope this is sarcasm. If not, society is doomed.

Vor 12 Stunden
K-oz Dragon
K-oz Dragon

@Tyrone Washington Thanks Tyrone, I'm in manufacturing & likely know much more about history than you do. But to make things even more simple, a car is not a tank. It's really that simple. Cars were not made similar to tanks after the war, & they were not even made using the same equipment. Many factories made planes during the war. Did we get flying cars after the war ended? No one was making tanks for civilians postwar. That's an absolutely asinine statement. Another historical fact: steel & metal is rationed during times of war. You said as much yourself. You likely only think WWII is the only war that exists, but there was this other war immediately afterwards called the Korean War. Steel & other metal manufacturing were taken over by the government. So cars must have only been made out of tanks for five years. Cuz, you know, war time & whatnot. Those tank-cars must be super rare, as no one has ever seen one. I'm sure those few years after WWII were a huge boom for tank-cars though. Oh, & flying airplane cars too.

Vor 12 Stunden
Smidgefish
Smidgefish

I've been thinking about this a lot... its wildly annoying. I visited my grandparents a few years back. And one day it rained, so I borrowed their umbrella to walk dads dog. Their umbrella was from 1985, and in perfect condition. No rust or holes, nothing wrong. However at home, I have to buy a new umbrella every time it rains, or deal with an older umbrella which is either stuck, rusted of cracked/broken somewhere. It doesn't matter how nicely I treat my umbrellas, they just fall apart like a sandcastle being washed away by a wave. And it doesn't seem to matter what price they go for. I'm sure I could order an umbrella from wish for 1 dollar, and get something better than what I paid 20 dollars for here. I am so tired of this happening to almost all our things that we need. I am tired of having to replace everything almost the instant we get it. Idk, maybe we are buying the worst batch of everything, but... really though? what's the odds of buying a defunct product every single time?

Vor 3 Monate
Smidgefish
Smidgefish

@Sam Gyeopsal I haven't found any such ones, might have to take a deeper look. Issue is the ones we bought were also relatively expensive for the stinky quality though lol. One time use umbrella for 30 usd? bruh

Vor 6 Tage
Sam Gyeopsal
Sam Gyeopsal

Specialised modern umbrellas can wthstand extremely strong winds and the materials are stronger so they will last longer, but also more expensive.

Vor 6 Tage
Marcos Patrício
Marcos Patrício

@Smidgefish Not a specialist, but have you considered, in the lack of a better term, re-making an umbrella? Buy an umbrella with a decent mechanism. Remove the fabric and all the pins, and check them for their quality. Buy some anti-rust spray paint and paint all the pieces of your umbrela. See if you can buy better pins or the same type at a local store (you might find some at the same gauge but not the same length, so ask at folks there how to fix it). Buy some good impermeable fabric on the internet, and take it to a tailor. Re-assemble the umbrela, now better protected from rust and with good fabric, and see if it works.

Vor 10 Tage
Smidgefish
Smidgefish

@Kas Office to be fair, I'd love to make my own umbrella that lasts for ages, but I feel like I'd need some expensive equipment to do so xD

Vor 13 Tage
Mark Sawyer
Mark Sawyer

In my experience, LED light bulbs seem to be designed to fail at around the 1 year mark. Even the well known brand names, like Philips, only seem to last around 1 year, despite the wild claims on the box that it can last 15 years. The sad thing is, I'm sure the LED technology is capable of being durable, but it doesn't make business sense to allow that to happen, so it is still being held back by planned obsolescence. I dont understand how they can legally get away with claiming 15 years on the box, when it's actually 1 year in reality. The energy savings from these LED bulbs are totally wiped out by the cost of having to replace them every year.

Vor 2 Monate
Mahir Shahriar
Mahir Shahriar

I have LEDS in my house all of them are at least 5 years old. The one in my room is 1 year old and still nothing happened it's still bright

Vor 4 Tage
Xerisz
Xerisz

The only reason I can think of how they get away with it is because it creates jobs.

Vor 13 Tage
Mike Blum
Mike Blum

Because I saw too, I try to use non-LEDs . Better quality light as well.

Vor 16 Tage
BADWOLF42
BADWOLF42

Slightly different than obsolescence, but when I was 13 or so, my neighbor (who lived about a mile away since I grew up on a farm) hired me to help him cut and load some old, dead oak trees to sell the wood. For those who don't know, wood is usually sold by the cord when dealing with large sales, which is a measure of volume (around 1,000 gallons, I think). So I started loading this wood into a trailer, and on the second day I was helping him, he stopped me and told me that I was loading it too well. I was being too efficient, packing the wood into the trailer too tightly and thus reducing his profit from the sale of the wood, since there was more wood per cord. He made me stop and instead load it loosely and less efficiently. A few days after that, I came up with a way to use his tractor to load the wood faster than either of us could by hand, and he fired me once he realized how well it worked. Really taught me a lot about the world.

Vor year
Chaosfred
Chaosfred

Loose packed, lose customer. Tight packed, tightly queued customer orders. If your neighbor was smart, could increased the price for service quality. Keep you hired at same wage with the tractor too = more profit for him. Well, sadly perhaps due to wood being limited resource and calculation based on cord (size/volume), so "enlargement" for profit is important. Unlike of mass (weight/volume) where "more efficient = better". Nevertheless, the good way is to find balance between. Sorta like when building a house. The owner would want to get it done as fast as one can, the worker if day-paid wants it to be "delayed" so they get paid more. Find the balance how many day it should take. Too fast and you worked too good for low paid, too slow and nobody else would hire you.

Vor 3 Tage
James Halliday
James Halliday

@Altorin firewood is always sold by volume. If it was sold by mass you’d be encouraged to buy wet/unseasoned wood and paying more but getting less efficient wood that clogged your chimney and started a house fire.

Vor 25 Tage
Lavonne Russell
Lavonne Russell

Wow. That was harsh.

Vor 2 Monate
Yolanda D2.0
Yolanda D2.0

@Swamp Donkey Is satan Ayn Rand?

Vor 3 Monate
Yolanda D2.0
Yolanda D2.0

Before reading the end of this I was thinking I'm surprised he didn't get fired. Seriously. I was fired a few times before I realized hard work and efficiency does not pay off. It's a myth. It only pays off if one is the owner.

Vor 3 Monate
Nina NASA
Nina NASA

Ever since I entered middle school and found that everyone around me was buying pricey apple products that fail more than they should, I always felt like a conspirator when I said that the failure was planned. I still feel like one today on many topics, but I'm glad I can now call it 'planned obsolescence' instead. Nevertheless, my teacher (of whom owned an apple), did *not* like what my essay had to say about it. Lol.

Vor 17 Tage
Faiza Naderi
Faiza Naderi

They just can not accept the fact that they are getting scammed. But rather belive that they are winning by having a "good object*"; that they have spent a big amount of money on, also believing that it has a higher value do to the currency of the object. Which also makes them feel important since many who can "afford it" can buy. I know a laughable thing to say but if you think about it, it makes sense, since many of us humans buy into trends and want to be involved. Don't worry though, you were right the whole time.

Vor 4 Tage
Bon of a Sitch
Bon of a Sitch

Man, the fact a lot of these obsolescent trends began cropping up around the 1920's/30's really adds a whole new level of context to the Great Depression, which I think is really fascinating as a rare but extremely enlightening crossroads between science, history, and economic principles.

Vor 2 Monate
Eric MacRae
Eric MacRae

that was all predicted by Karl Marx

Vor 14 Tage
Sirius Joker
Sirius Joker

My Bachelor Degree in Design and Technology taught me that, unfortunately, we lived in an age where we would have to learn to design products to last 2-5 years. And! that buying fixing parts would cost more than a new product. Ouch! For us designers who want to excel in our craft, and make quality, long lasting products. Sighs. Great informative vid! 💯👍

Vor 3 Monate
Marshall Chandra
Marshall Chandra

I hope you can be the difference

Vor 2 Monate
Natecas08
Natecas08

this reminds me of my laptop that I got 11 years ago. it is a dell inspiron running windows 8, and was a bit under 300 dollars at the time. I've been regularly maintaining it, upgraded the ram and changed the hard drive to an ssd, and today it is still the laptop that I use in college. I was shocked when I found out that the average laptop nowadays has a lifespan of about 2-3 years, since after that, there is a good chance of something breaking that "costs more than the laptop is worth". I gotta say, mine is not the most visually pleasing, it is bulky since it has a DVD reader and burner, but performance wise it is still on par with most $500-$600 laptops today. until something catastrophic happens, if my laptop can still keep up with the others on the market, I will keep using it.

Vor 3 Monate
E
E

@ThunderingRoar for gaming yea but for internet browsing and Luke spreadsheets it’ll do fine Edit: like not luke

Vor 7 Tage
Natecas08
Natecas08

@Empmortakaten That's awesome to hear! And yeah, I realized I probably did not use the best choice of words. Like you said, our machines are still capable of doing what we need them to do, so why bother replacing them when we can just repair them as needed? It is pretty difficult for me to justify buying a new laptop. Like I'll take a $550 HP for example. It is true that the processing power is better due to the newer generation CPU, being nearly 2ghz faster. But that is pretty much it. It has the same RAM and half the storage space (to be fair I upgraded mine, putting my laptops value at around $400). The HP also comes with a touch screen though which is nice but not a necessity for me. My laptop is still capable of handling everything I need for college, including 3D modeling. So yeah, perhaps when I graduate I might look into getting a better one, but for now, I have no reason to replace mine. Also call me old fashioned but I still like how mine has a DVD burner on it. Still comes in handy every now and then. 😀

Vor 11 Tage
Empmortakaten
Empmortakaten

This is exactly how you defeat planned obsolescence. Don't buy the trendy new version every iteration (like a sucker), maintain your products well, and only replace/repair what needs it. I'm currently rockin' an Inspiron several years older than yours. It's the core of my whole living room entertainment center. It stores and runs all my music, movies, regular TV, streaming services, light-moderate gaming like SNES/Genesis emulators and can even run a lot of modern non-3D games like Rimworld perfectly well. I've had to replace the case itself once, as the hinges snapped off when moving one time, and I've had to replace the battery twice. I'm watching youtube on my HD TV right now and writing this comment, piped through this 15+ year old laptop, at this very moment. @ThunderingRoar is right though, our laptops performance specs are not just the same as a new year model. They are however still perfectly suited to what we need/use them for and if you don't currently need anything more powerful then don't bother replacing it.

Vor 11 Tage
ThunderingRoar
ThunderingRoar

you re delusional if you think your laptop with 11 year old cpu/gpu and probably a shitty TN lcd panel is on par with todays $600 laptops

Vor 17 Tage
vanshika gupta
vanshika gupta

@Glyn archie i also have sony vaio which is working fine. I use it till today. I also accidently dropped it on the road and man... just a little crack near the keyboard and is still working fine🧿 it doesnt look nice and is bulky but it still works fine and thats what i care about. Wont buy a new one until i actually need a new one

Vor Monat
Be Smart
Be Smart

On the other hand, YouTube is filled with lots of unplanned obsolescence

Vor year
Kaththee
Kaththee

@Leo Leon That is an easy one. It is the plea of every government agency along with a petition for more money- incompetence of course.

Vor 2 Monate
Fahim Jaowad Sam
Fahim Jaowad Sam

Joeee, my man!!

Vor 2 Monate
Mark Pillion
Mark Pillion

@bananaboy🍌🍌 what has lead you to your conclusion?

Vor 3 Monate
sonofsun
sonofsun

Oh

Vor 3 Monate
S H
S H

@Leo Leon lol

Vor 3 Monate
Kim Vitali
Kim Vitali

It amazes me how many people boxed in by the thought that this short lasting disposable goods creates more jobs. There are much higher ways societies can work

Vor 2 Monate
Linda C
Linda C

I wonder if it's possible that when we build something, we plan it into it's next metemorphosis. For instance, when they build a factory, the eventual demolishion should be figured out and funds acruing in escrow, and the necessary steps can move smoothly and easily. When we create a soda can, we could also have the next step for it figured out: can it become raw materials, or be upcycled? It seems to me that this could create more and varied small industries and niches. Less pollution. Less mass production of specialized parts. Less need to concentrate substances, and create toxic spoils.

Vor 3 Monate
Michelle Doll
Michelle Doll

In other countries, especially in Europe, most industries are that way. For example, if you buy a car, each component is made to be detached and reused or recycled at the end of it's useful life and is in the initial purchase price. American companies could easily do that, but are being lead by ignoramuses who refuse to even pay the construction workers that build their Towers, and must be sued so the workers can get pennies on the dollar. How then are we to trust these "businessmen" with them money to recycle the products they create? American autos are also made with "compound" products that cannot be recycled, such as dashboards and seats. I think it's a pity, and wish we had those same laws here, even if it cut into the profit of my business. We can't even get electric pick-ups for our construction business, as they aren't sold here anymore. The US is not advancing, we are descending. And we will continue to do so until and unless more people put the planet above personal profits.

Vor 4 Tage
Laszlo Bandi
Laszlo Bandi

on Mars they plan to build modular domes and modular storage. Basically everything standardized and replaceable one by one. Since it costs a lot, and not many people are willing to spend without instant profit, it's a huge part of the process, to be effective, best bang for the buck. Not best quality or best price disregarding the other part. Imagine that this mentality there can create a tradition.

Vor 2 Monate
CHU !
CHU !

Wonder if the same thing goes for finding a cure to an illness, or just finding a way you can live with it.

Vor 3 Monate
Adamo Conscientia
Adamo Conscientia

Hahahahaha hoooman we have many cures, but cures don’t make world turn!! Cures don’t put kid in school!! Cures don’t put food on table!! Ppl who work for corporate medicine pay for your sustenance!! Viva la corporacion!!

Vor Monat
P Rowe
P Rowe

Yes. Curing people is not good for business.

Vor 2 Monate
Armnel Angeles
Armnel Angeles

Henrik Ibsen tackled this societal issues in the same vein in "An Enemy of the People". When the doctor of a small spa-town, Dr. Stockmann discovered that the towns baths are polluted, he wants it to be known, but doing so will kill the town's livelihood. So they branded him an enemy of the people by trying to do so, even if he was right. Planned obsolescence is a very unpalatable fact of our modern society. And whoever rallies against it will be silenced or paid off. All for the sake of the "economy". All about the money 🤷‍♂️

Vor 2 Monate
HabitualLover
HabitualLover

It’s annoying because once you have the basic necessities, you’re freed up to do meaningful, thoughtful things with your life, time, mind, talents, money, etc. Why on earth would anyone want different? What kind of person needs to perpetually generate such grossly wasteful wealth besides a person who doesn’t know the value of anything- and how could that person be called wealthy? What a vulgar perversion, right?

Vor 2 Monate
Louis Rossmann
Louis Rossmann

8.5 million people watch you, and you planted a seed today in their mind about right to repair. Thank you.

Vor year
Chiara Demaio
Chiara Demaio

17M now :)

Vor Monat
Andrew Bergamann
Andrew Bergamann

This comment should be pinned by the young lad in the video.

Vor 3 Monate
Amiir.
Amiir.

Well, 15M bro Lol.

Vor 5 Monate
Juju Bean
Juju Bean

@BlinkBlink 🤨😁🙃😉😂😂😂💯💀🔥🤓

Vor 7 Monate
Youtube Account
Youtube Account

Most ominous way to put it, wtf

Vor 7 Monate
Nina NASA
Nina NASA

"There is no best... only different" Apparently I learn new life lessons everyday; which is why I love science. Science is a reason to look at things objectively and curiously in order to produce a definition.

Vor 17 Tage
PhoenixStodios
PhoenixStodios

Calling intentional failure as “ planned obsolescence” is like a calling a fat person “ plus sized model”. It only makes a scam sound like a strategy.

Vor 3 Tage
theBigZ
theBigZ

This video is a fascinating exposé on a widely suspected but until now difficult to prove phenomenon -- planned obsolescence. A very sneaky tactic And a very well produced documentary. Thank you.

Vor 4 Tage
S. S. Young
S. S. Young

Planned obsolescence, right to repair, history repeating itself. All a lot to think about and hopefully learn from

Vor 3 Monate
Jellyf0x
Jellyf0x

The thing I hate most about planned obsolescence is that it assumes we have endless resources. It's terrible for our planet.

Vor year
Shari Lynn Peterson
Shari Lynn Peterson

Except real capitalism doesn’t seek subsidies, handouts and regulations that serve them. True free market capitalism relies on the quality of the product versus corporatism that relies on the regulations meted out by governments they control to gain their profit.

Vor 6 Tage
Luis RG
Luis RG

The oligarchs could care less about our planet.

Vor 8 Tage
KonZ ZonK
KonZ ZonK

@William S capitalism has a lot to do with it, what are you smoking. This crap just shows capitalism needs to be kept in check/regulated.

Vor 8 Tage
Ukrainian Patriot
Ukrainian Patriot

Those who plan obsolescence need to be made obsolete.

Vor 9 Tage
Brooks
Brooks

One thing I do like about obsolescence is that I can buy a "dated" model for much cheaper that is only fractionally worse than the most up to date. I get a new cell phone every 3-4 years, new car after 10 years, etc.

Vor 28 Tage
Michelle Doll
Michelle Doll

This is why I sew my own clothes in Classic styles. Skirts, shorts and shirts can be "updated" with the addition of a couple of inexpensive accessories. Even a nice scarf can be made from a bit of silk and some dye & a few beads. It's not hard to keep a nice wardrobe like this. And it looks better, especially if you don't have an "off-the-rack" body. It can be expensive to buy fabric, so it's a good idea to start small. Make 1 item per season, and build on a basic 3 skirt, 3 pants, 6 shirt, 2 jacket wardrobe base. Even if you never get past the "easy" stage, it's a fun hobby. Here's to Planned Forever clothes!

Vor 4 Tage
Laura G
Laura G

I absolutely love and appreciate your videos! As a HS science teacher I frequently use them to generate interest in various topics throughout the year. I want to say though that I think LED bulb manufacturers have done the same thing! We have all LED bulbs and we’ve had to replace some after 2 years!!! I was SHOCKED.

Vor 20 Tage
Brian Boni
Brian Boni

The Harley Earl quote brought back a memory. I used to support a wide range of lab equipment and GM was one of our main customers. I was often in the Color and Design Studio and as a GM prefered supplier got invited to a number of events where we previewed the new models months in advance. The color studio would travel the world and follow trends in other industries and use that info in picking out the new colors. One time in the lab I was setting up a bank of machines they were using to test light bulbs. The goal was to reduce the expensive materials namely tungsten and that even a small savings in each bulb would save millions over the years. The manager of that lab told me that the goal of his department was to produce an automobile that would self destruct the day after the warranty expires.

Vor 2 Monate
Sarah Schulz
Sarah Schulz

My parents recently got a new microwave and gave me their old one they got for their wedding - I'm 25 and warming up my leftovers in the same microwave my baby food was warmed in... pretty amazing. I would love if everything lasted forever. Planned obsolescence feels like such a waste of resources.

Vor 11 Monate
Siluda
Siluda

what would you do if you micro broke and all the companys were no more because there is no one producing the products ?

Vor 2 Monate
Agni Das
Agni Das

save that thing. those microwaves are rare now. serious. it's a collectors item. you named the right time period. Certain hobbyists will even pay you just for the insides of it - there is something you cannot buy anymore inside really well made which fits so many DIY projects.

Vor 3 Monate
sonofsun
sonofsun

We are already reaching the all robot and no human work force we need plans for everlasting products

Vor 3 Monate
sonofsun
sonofsun

I dont agree with the forever part

Vor 3 Monate
withdirtybags
withdirtybags

It is possible that the screen or rubber seals around the door may have perished, allowing some radiation to leak out. For peace of mind, buy a microwave leakage tester. Many homeware and electrical stores sell them and, at about a fiver, they're cheaper than buying a new oven.

Vor 3 Monate
Oliver Cuenca
Oliver Cuenca

Hey now, The Man in the White Suit deserved that screenplay nomination. That film's a lot of fun, and the core concept's so geniusly out-there that only a really great screenwriter could have come up with it.

Vor 3 Monate
Steven Phelps
Steven Phelps

This really made me think about the purpose of industries, and that maybe they aren’t meant to live as long as they do for the sake of profit. What would the world be like if things were made to last, maybe indefinitely, and the makers just took their turn selling their product, and then stepped down once their product was in everyone’s hands? What if the business model was changed to match the rate of sales to the rate of people being born and reaching the age at which they came to need the product? Rather than being constantly available at a lower price, but for a lower level of quality? Why isn’t the system built around this model? It would spend the same amount of money proportionally in the end, as the cost of efficiency could make up for the lost number of sales. I think I know why things have to be this way. Bills. Recurring charges and services. The advent of this billing system forced people to operate in a system of constant income and constant involvement in the economic ecosystem. I think perhaps we practice more necessary evils than we realize in the name of societal longevity.

Vor 2 Monate
Cable Waffel
Cable Waffel

And all Apple and other tech companies would need to do to prolong device lifespans is sprinkle in a bit of software and make their hardware slightly easier to repair. I think Tesla is gonna be the new Apple when it comes to planned obsolescence. They have the worst repair program of any car manufacturer, yet they're the most advanced and valuable one.

Vor Monat
Cliff Kennell
Cliff Kennell

Absolutely love your videos. Thank you for the education and for doing such a great job. Bravo.

Vor 23 Tage
SoulfoodFight
SoulfoodFight

Imagine the trillions of tons of unnecessary garbage planned obsolescence has caused our planet, the poisoning of our rivers and air and soil... It's so backward and disgusting. 😞

Vor year
Siluda
Siluda

@kristoffer3000 better than a planned economy on socialism :)

Vor 2 Monate
No No
No No

There is no political solution. Turn your disgust into hate.

Vor 3 Monate
Star Wise
Star Wise

Greedy men don't think of the future and sustainability as a whole. Only themselves. If people in America realized you don't get a break when you die, you are reborn into the mess you left behind, they'd be more responsible now.

Vor 3 Monate
Samantha Kim Manoban
Samantha Kim Manoban

Right.

Vor 4 Monate
Random Thing
Random Thing

This is one of the reasons why we cannot dismiss conspiracy theories, but we should be skeptical about them.

Vor Monat
Brian Haygood
Brian Haygood

I've seen plenty of LED lightbulbs blow out in a year or two of use. I think a lot of manufacturers are using poor quality heat management in the bulb's base to make sure their bulbs don't last.

Vor 7 Tage
David Gasser
David Gasser

I'm convinced the razor blade companies have done the same thing. 15-20 years ago Gillette made a razor that lasted a month plus before it got dull. They started an ad campaign telling me to replace my blade when the color changed (in about a week). When that didn't work, they went ahead and created a new blade that lasted about 7 shaves before it went dull. Meanwhile they claim science and progress in their organization.

Vor 3 Monate
Classy Freya
Classy Freya

Are you serious? I remember replacing one every time after I used it… but then I decided to stop shaving and got laser instead since it would probably be cheaper in the long run.

Vor 5 Tage
Chaosfred
Chaosfred

I usually break "planned obsolete" into 2 categories: Required-Optional and Good-Bad practice. Mainly scaled with the purpose : cost, including recycle and value-margin or in easy way, a "balance between value given to buyer vs price". Also mark the word "nothing lasts forever". For example is airplanes, planned obsolescence is a requirement (per parts), eg: an airframe hull or engine may only be used for X time of service or flight hours. Any longer and it is prone to missed or invisible crack in a part which could turn fatal disaster during operation. So the parts must have maintenance, replaced or "out of commission / written off" despite still looking good. The companies producing perhaps already put a chip where on XXXth number of departure or after certain flight hours, the engine just won't start. Other stuffs like spoon and fork don't have it because all you know would be it just bent away or already thrown it away when it is rusted. Then you got stuffs like books, clothes, house furniture etc. When the practice is bad or good? The practice is good when it is required and not overly done (value:cost to buyer). The practice is bad when it is applied-beyond-required or the obsolete rate too low/high (again, value per cost). Now, Planned obsolescence on light bulb actually is REQUIRED and good idea, why? Because you just don't know when a light bulb breaks. Just like people could use a same light bulb with different purposes (eg: inside or outdoor) or electric has surge when struck by lightning. When a light bulb breaks, it may cause something like electric shorts which is dangerous. But it was the Cartel practice (per video,red-) which bad, caused outer rival companies formed. Just like how computer hardware between the trio A-N-I. Well, the other bad example perhaps just like the one in the video. On other word, it is simply to say bad one usually made solely for profit hunt.

Vor 3 Tage
Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor

When I was a young boy and my Grandfather complained "They keep making this junk cheaper so you have to keep buying it"... he must have said that a hundred times to me over the years... turns out Grandpa knew what the hell he was talking about.

Vor year
sonofsun
sonofsun

Bruh everyone says old things work better and longer. Around me this was a fact

Vor 3 Monate
Allan Bonadio
Allan Bonadio

I've also had a lot of LED lightbulbs go dark - way more than they're supposed to.Sometimes I think it's a loose connection, mostl y on the cheap ones.

Vor 3 Monate
loa one8
loa one8

when i was a young boy, my father took me into the city, to see a marching band…

Vor 3 Monate
Jane L.
Jane L.

You could repair things to keep things longer. Now it’s expensive to keep old items running.

Vor 3 Monate
Casey Ray Harris. Esquire
Casey Ray Harris. Esquire

@Titania true. 120 years since climate change was theorized. But idk I think Tesla had something in his notes that was seezed and returned with large gaps missing. Also said he was communicating with et. Who knows. I feel like that was our next Isaac Newton but he wasn't funded because of capitalism. Free power? Solves our dependence on petroleum companies

Vor year
Walt H
Walt H

I think I am seeing this in the medical community as well. I recall my physician would give me a prescription for 6 months. Now, the practice seems to be to have you come back every month to get the same medicine, same dosage. The idea of drug refills drives down physician revenue. If you need the medication, you have to return to the doctor and pay for another visit coupled with more lab tests. Limiting the refills drives down office revenue. This feels like planned obsolescence in a way.

Vor Monat
Cernunnos W.
Cernunnos W.

Planned obsolescence was something I figured out when I was a young boy. But I still didn't entirely like. I understood the situation but didn't totally agree with this being apart of almost everything we have. Let the situation and consumer make that market decision. Is this something I want to change every now and then? I always liked the idea of continual innovation -including producing entirely new markets and products. Fix the price based on it's longevity, production, and want?

Vor 10 Tage
grimtt
grimtt

One reason right to repair is gaining traction is the enormous amount of trash that the world outputs now that the shopping trend is “lots of crap” vs “a few quality things”. I love repairing rather than throwing things away, and was surprised to find iphone battery replacement kits when online recently. And anyone who has Beats 🎧 knows how easy it is to get replacement parts for them 😂

Vor 3 Monate
BCrem
BCrem

Great video! Really like your presentation style! Found the content in this video disturbing and infuriating. Think of all the unnecessary waste and pollution these profit-centric practices are causing. We need to stop being so wasteful — the world’s resources are not unlimited.

Vor 3 Monate
Alyenbird
Alyenbird

My most recent experience with planned obsolescence: Most laptops typically can be unscrewed at the bottom and opened up. It is necessary to do this every few months to blow the dust and hair out of your computer fan with some compressed air- especially if you have pets. If you don't ever clean that dust and hair out, the fan slowly gets clogged up, ceases to work properly, and your computer can become dangerously hot. A lot of people are unaware that this maintenance needs to be done at all- which is a win for the company that sold the computer when it overheats and breaks. However, apparently some computer manufacturers don't even want those who know they need to clean their laptops to clean them. A relative of mine recently noticed that her laptop was overheating and that the fan is clogged. So she turned it over to unscrew it and clean it out. There were no screw holes. She called the professionals, and the professionals told her that model of laptop could not be cleaned. It was *glued* together rather than screwed. From now on anytime my family goes laptop shopping, we will be checking the bottom for screws!

Vor year
Gïlda Nonofyabiznez
Gïlda Nonofyabiznez

@Lucas van hamburg my thoughts exactly

Vor 8 Monate
Gïlda Nonofyabiznez
Gïlda Nonofyabiznez

@Anthony Grimaldi "sounds like you're using your laptops in an extremely dusty area" you're saying it like he's a fault??? Sometimes you can't help, I live in shithole town where most of the streets aren't even paved, so naturally there's always a lot of dust flying around. Tf am I gon do apart from just coping?

Vor 8 Monate
Lucas van hamburg
Lucas van hamburg

@Anthony Grimaldi Old small blocks are easy to rebuild and there is a huge aftermarket for them. I'm pretty sure the ls series fits rigth to the transmission that the old small blocks would be fitted to, so you don't know how many old american cars are driving around with modern engines. German cars were great back in the day when people owned their cars for more than the warranty... I have a golf 3 diesel myself. Now they are trash just look at the price depreciation.

Vor year
marshalllucky
marshalllucky

always if youre old compter it is broken then why no just buy there new laptops? they are no verr expensives :-(

Vor year
Andreas Klein
Andreas Klein

Have you seen the Chinese products with those special bolts with triangular heads? 10 years ago I looked for screwdrivers for those heads but obviously nobody sold them. The moment those screwdrivers appeared (mainly made in China) the Chinese stopped this practice so now you are stuck with a useless screwdriver. YOU CAN NEVER PROVE MALICE! so we all must come together and stop buying from China until they acknowledge the practice and make reparations.

Vor year
brad Payn
brad Payn

I loved the hornts nest raised in your ' instantanius light experiment', and I hope the same with this article. The planned obsolescence in the led lights, is now the power driver module, half of which are potted so as you can't repair, or even investigate the quality of the construct of the driver. Secondly, the supplier refuses to replace faulty units, blaming the supplied power fluctuations as the cause. AND, VPN's do not allow the functionality that you are touting, as I have you recomended one, in operation, and most sites pick up immediately that you are routing via vpn , and block you. Case in point, The famous BBC. VPN's apparently are excellent for getting movies.

Vor 3 Monate
Gregory LaGrange
Gregory LaGrange

Explains, and confirms my thoughts, on the hesitancy and expense for bringing LEDs to the market. And for the cars in different colors. It seems they have gotten away from that form of obsolescence because for a nation that has such a deep history of love for the automobile, they oddly have a dearth of variety now when it comes to car colors. Take a look and count how many cars are white, black, or some version of gray (I include silver as a version of gray). And cars that are some other color are usually such a dull that they might as well be gray. That's one of the reason classic cars are so cool. And why just based on color variety alone I'm a fan of Royal Enfield motorcycles.

Vor Monat
thenumbdave
thenumbdave

I started thinking about Alec Guiness in the Man In The White Suit when he theme of the video became apparent and then you mentioned it! It's worth pointing out that it's a comedy, although more satirical than laugh out loud. When Guiness's character spouts the (incompehensible to most people) science about isomers and carbon chains to an uncomprehending listener, it's a joke about his naivety and lack of worldliness, and sheds light on his inablity to deal with the backlash that follows his invention. The film is very watchable even now, and almost unbearably tragic especially given the relevance that you highlight in this video.

Vor 24 Tage
Team Ahabhouna
Team Ahabhouna

Your presentation and timing is fantastic. Always look forward your useful videos.

Vor 4 Tage
David Letasi
David Letasi

My aunt moved into her family home in 1919 at age 14 and had a 1913 Edison light bulb on her second story stair well. She lived in the house untill her death in 2002. She replaced that bulb a year before her death and she gave it to me and I have kept it right up to writing this comment and the other day plugged it in to see if it's still works. Bright as ever! Going on 108 years old.

Vor year
Gil Batzri
Gil Batzri

@David Letasi What a beautiful respectful response. You are a mensch sir.

Vor 5 Monate
Gil Batzri
Gil Batzri

@Jenna Eisel no, they are not efficient heaters, they merely burn most of the power they consume in heat creation, it doesn't mean that they are efficient, because you think you can heat your house with that heat, you can't because they don't produce enough heat for the power they use.

Vor 5 Monate
joseph carioggia
joseph carioggia

I wonder if you have some monetary value in that bulb?

Vor 5 Monate
Catherine S. Todd
Catherine S. Todd

@Mys. Wren : it was clear to me that you meant no offense and I thought your comment was helpful and informative. I was shocked at the defensive response by David Letasi and would have been interested in buying the bulb until I read his barbed response. I'm sorry you had to experience that, and I was glad to read David's response. Perhaps he did not realize how hurtful some responses can be, even if unintended. I hope you are feeling better as I too have chronic illnesses and know what the flare up can do, especially after an emotional attack. Hope you feel better soon and God bless!

Vor 11 Monate
Catherine S. Todd
Catherine S. Todd

@philoguy : or Rick will offer a whole lot more!

Vor 11 Monate
nervmich.net
nervmich.net

Very nice video indeed. Industry shifted from "constant sales" to "constant service" for quite some time now - in every aspect, not just physical objects. It must be ensured that a new product needs service on a regular base.

Vor 20 Tage
M. Riggs
M. Riggs

I fight for my right to repair reversing engineering everything I need. Some stuff never get like originally was, but often get modified to better suit my needs.

Vor 3 Monate
Gregory Hyde
Gregory Hyde

"LEDs last longer" is just yet another case of convincing the public of a false claim to drive consumers in a particular direction. They don't last nearly as long. Regardless of brand, I've always found they fail far faster than incandescent bulbs.

Vor 7 Tage
Sinmum Gaming
Sinmum Gaming

Planned obsolescence just seems greedy. When we CAN make the things that wear, not wear, we should. There is trash everywhere. Phone batteries are extremely dangerous. We can solve problems like that if business owners suck it up. Most people make something else to market. Meanwhile these people make their stuff worse. The sad part is that it works. We can solve problems like these... Why shouldn't we?

Vor Monat
A G
A G

As an electrical engineer, I can assure you... We are literally educated in school about how to design for the desired failure timeframe. It seems criminal

Vor year
Tony Montana
Tony Montana

@mr.niceguy the fact that you said 'at university' and not 'at a university' means that you are not from the US. this is specifically related to the US, not other countries. granted other countries are now trying to copy it, but this started with the US.

Vor 6 Monate
Billy Jones
Billy Jones

seems like most companies now adays. it's profit over everything else.

Vor 7 Monate
L.W. Paradis
L.W. Paradis

@Arestheos What Adam Smith described was a free market, not capitalism. Like the difference between a star cluster and a black hole. Some of the things he says about a rentier class controlling enough wealth to control massive numbers of people suggest he would see modern-day billionaires as a return to feudal overlords. He didn't come close to Marx in describing what would actually happen, but some of his insights do show that the capitalists who invoke him today are lying.

Vor 7 Monate
Arestheos
Arestheos

I don't know when people will realise capitalism actually is holding and even regressing humans technologically and industrially. Which is funny because these two areas are the capitalism's pride for advancements, in the other social areas of course it is terrible. We're unaware of how many other things that could be accomplished, like free electricity. Humans are really good at enslaving themselves. Edit: Reply in advance; stop talking about Adam Smith's Capitalism. People talk about that are delusional as much as communists that want a quick revolution. Be realistic and see the today's world.

Vor 7 Monate
qb connect
qb connect

I swear Amazon practiced planned obsolescence this past prime day 2022. I never heard the phrase until this video. But I thought it too coincidental that the Firestick I had for 4yrs never had any problems until a month before Prime day '22. It started 'glitching', and by the time Prime day came it didn't work at all. In my stubbornness I refused to buy a new one, feeling like I was being taken. Out of spite I bought a Roku instead. I hope they both don't eventually form a 'cartel'. 🤷🏾‍♂️

Vor 4 Tage
tomfreddy
tomfreddy

Reminds me of the system I designed that was perfect with human experience, progression and sustainability as subject. Gave everyone full uncompromising equal freedom and made possibility of corruption impossible while making the need for laws obsolete. Shouldn't have to give away in taxes what you earn working, shouldn't be able to hoard all the money in the world. Solution being single person allocated reward based currency while having basic things needed for survival provided.

Vor 17 Tage
ryanpaul
ryanpaul

This is interesting because it seems like the planned obsolescence is applicable in mostly newly created things. Like when lightbulbs were first being used it was a concern that they would go out of business because too good of one was made. The same with cars, now people want to make their car last longer. And iPhones as you said have not changed much and the old ones would work perfectly fine except for the software updates forcing them out. It's been ~140 years since the first lightbulb and now we have an "everlasting one". Maybe in 40 years we will have cars that last quite some time.

Vor 2 Tage
The Daredevil Incognito
The Daredevil Incognito

This obsolescence thing has been doing my Ford Explorer good (sarcastically) to the point that everytime I send it to the dealership mechanics, it always ends up worse than before.

Vor Monat
Crypto With Lorenzo
Crypto With Lorenzo

My mum had an oven that lasted 30 years, fully functioning right till the end. Then when she got a replacement, the technician told her that the company who manufactured them went broke because their ovens very rarely broke down. It's sad that we've gone from one extreme of excellent durability and reliability to planned obsolescence.

Vor 8 Monate
Possum Jesus
Possum Jesus

@gizzy guzzi I have an unrestored 60 -year-old car with untold miles that still runs. Original generator, even.

Vor 3 Monate
JEFF GREEN
JEFF GREEN

Forgot to add...the furnace is our present home was a 1954 model, that furnace finally died in 2020. 66 years of service, had it repaired once. Sure don't make things as durable as they used to. I had 1962 Fender Showman Guitar Amplifier that I sold last year(2021) it still worked perfectly, and it still had some of its original tubes. New stuff...not so good.

Vor 6 Monate
JEFF GREEN
JEFF GREEN

Mom and dad bought a used Hot Point Stove in 1949. The stove was still there and working when the last member of our family left that home in 1984. Dad had replaced the burners twice. I went to our old home during a 1991 open house when it was up for sale again, the old Hot Point was still there. Years later I saw our old house is for sale again, and in the photos I see the Hot Point! This was 2010! Maybe it's still there! I had 1 light bulb in a hallway at my house that was still burning after 15 years. I sold that house in 2000 when the bulb was still working. Must have been a reject! Ha!

Vor 6 Monate
The CNSR
The CNSR

True say.

Vor 6 Monate
Thomas The Tank Engine
Thomas The Tank Engine

Surely they would have just stopped making more money, not gone broke

Vor 6 Monate
EmberFlower
EmberFlower

I already knew about some of these things which is why I never bought Apple products and support right to repair. We need more videos like this and more awareness.

Vor 3 Monate
CRUSAYDA UK
CRUSAYDA UK

Thanks for the video, it shows that as long as a bank is involved in whatever humanity does, this planet and its various lifeforms are doomed. We need some means of encouraging people and their endeavours without destroying our only planet at thin present moment in time. Love to you all, from Smethwick, England 🇬🇧 ❤

Vor 3 Monate
jimmy king
jimmy king

Very informative video. However, to your mention of how an LED bulb will outlast the older bulbs, it’s actually not the case in my experience. All my bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs and per every single bulb, they’ve gone bad/died and needed replacements just under 2 years on average, whereas the older bulbs lasted well over 2 years on average.

Vor 2 Monate
SFS Delta
SFS Delta

This has been absolutely true for just about everything I own. And it infuriates me. It wastes valueable resources and its false advertising. 2010 laptop? Slow, but works fine. 2017 laptop? Whole thing started to go haywire once warranty passed. I had to replace the screen, cooler, battery (twice) and wifi module. Crl light I got in c.2009? Still working fine today with frequent use. LED light from 2017? Dead.

Vor 2 Monate
Konrad Peters
Konrad Peters

As an industrial designer I can honestly say that’s one of the most frustrating aspects of the industry. One always wants to design a product with the best characteristics.

Vor year
Sparkey Jones
Sparkey Jones

@Dennis Raes Well, of course, but the end result is the same no matter how you look at it.

Vor year
Dennis Raes
Dennis Raes

@Sparkey Jones every developing technology is more expensive, nothing to do with quality. After the production is running factories will look how to make there products cheaper in production cost wich creates a loss of quality and how to be able to sell more of them by any means necessary..

Vor year
Konrad Peters
Konrad Peters

@Electron Resonator will you give me the startup capital? ;)

Vor year
Electron Resonator
Electron Resonator

then why not make your own company and become the HERO of consumer?

Vor year
Sparkey Jones
Sparkey Jones

@Mystery Man Thank you, I will. You too.

Vor year
Koutroubas Athanasios
Koutroubas Athanasios

Since i was a kid i had this weird idea about our race. That we will make one breakthrough after the other, when it comes to necessary but mundane things we need in order to make our lives easier. And then allocate resources and brain power onto the next exciting "discovery" that will take us a step further. Early in adulthood i realised that we have already discovered the very thing which chains us to the ground and will forever prevent humanity from reaching its peak, because its more profitable to stay in a loop. Of course this "thing" is the concept of money. Limits us and keeps us "to the ground", while forever being the main focus of whole generations and livelyhoods. The fact one has to constantly worry about how to make enough in order to live a life that could, at this point, be void of basic needs, theoritically. It was a painful discovery, but it does goes to show that the limiting factor of our race comes down to our insticts. Much like in nature between animals (even of the same species), the will to dominate always prevails. You would expect that a species which brags about being unique within its habitat, "the most evolved" and so on, wouldn't be enslaved by such primitive instincts. Yet here we are, millennia later, trying to scam each other by holding back on progress. Over some pieces of cotton and linen, we give so much meaning to.

Vor 3 Monate
Backon Lazer
Backon Lazer

I've had to change plenty of LED bulbs. Planned obsolescence is as strong as ever.

Vor 8 Tage
MissAsyan
MissAsyan

Our english teacher mentioned this back in third grade. One of the most interesting things I've heard, I remember the parts about lightbulbs and stockings were prime examples Austin made a similar video but it's only about printer ink. Not exactly the same, but you get it. Purposely making things more inconvenient and making rights to repair so expensive. Man

Vor 16 Tage
Peter Kropotkin
Peter Kropotkin

I know I'm late to the party but thanks for making me feel good about light bulbs man. That LED monologue at the end really put a tear in my eye lol

Vor 3 Monate
Abner Mascarenhas
Abner Mascarenhas

The worst part of planned obsolescence is that it affects the environment negatively ....waste produced by us would be far less if it wasn't for this stupid money making strategy

Vor year
Bellator Dei
Bellator Dei

That's the least concern, this impoverishes everyone and is halting innovations

Vor 6 Monate
Beeman
Beeman

....you mean greed?

Vor 8 Monate
Aqueous_Fireball
Aqueous_Fireball

I hope we can one day move past the inconveniences of doing things for marketing and instead for the good of humanity and inovation

Vor 3 Monate
alexander sze
alexander sze

No matter how much you disagree with the idea of planned obsolescence, you can't deny how effective of a tool it is to keep a business running, especially for a physical product-based business. I guess the idea of subscriptions are like the next evolution of planned obsolescence in a way that is not too harmful to the environment. Imagine if Microsoft office is a 1-time purchase method, how much money would they lose in just a month.

Vor 23 Tage
Tejas Kulkarni
Tejas Kulkarni

A fun reliability story we have here! I love this :)

Vor 2 Monate
newwavepop
newwavepop

this is sort of what happened to me with my computer recently, you know the saying was always that the quality would keep improving while the prices simultaneously went down. well ive bought about 4 computers since my first one in 2000 and they have all been about the same price and while they did at first improved a good bit from the last one my most recent one was a massive let down. i got my last one about 8 years ago as a Best Buy, when i went in there were like 4 aisles full of PC's to chose from. i am a home body and dont go shopping unless i need to and i am not a keeping up with the Joneses type so i dont follow things and havent been paying attention to computers, bt when my computer finally stopped turning on after about 8 years i went back to Best Buy to look at computers and where they once had 4 aisles of PC's they now literally had 3 PC's to choose from and they were all a massive downgrade from my old computer but still about the same price. there were a ton of laptops but i could not give a crap about laptops, like i said i am a home body i dont really want or need a computer you can pick up and carry around. so i started looking all over online and i could not find a computer anywhere that wasnt a downgrade from my last now dead one, all i could find were inferior PC;s still in that same price range or a bunch of far more expensive fancy gamers PC's. the computer i had was not some fancy one when i got it it was a lower mid priced pretty standard computer, now my new computer costs just as much and doesnt seem like anything runs any better or faster and it clearly just looks cheaper and most of all i was pissed off because it only has one fourth of the hard drive space so i couldnt even try to transfer all the stuff off of my old computer when i managed to get it to turn on just to transfer my files.

Vor 19 Tage
Av3
Av3

the new computers likely arent inferior... as it's very unlikely... you could've just built one

Vor 19 Tage
EngineeringLore
EngineeringLore

I studied Latin in high school, and there is a passage, in the Satyricon, in which Caesar is presented by a material that seems glass, as it is transparent, but when the artisan that presented it throws it on the ground and it does not break, instead he picks it up and works it back in the original shape, like it was plastic. In the story, Caesar asks the guy if someone else knows that secret, when he says no one does, Caesar has the man killed and the object destroyed in fear that gold would lose value. Guess the Man in the White Suit wasn’t the first story like this!

Vor year
April Hare
April Hare

@EngineeringLore Plus, there will always be people like me looking to scoop up the phone second-hand, so there's another subscription user.

Vor 2 Monate
Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr
Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr

@carefulcarpenter I think the Egyptians definitely did not build them. I'm no expert other than watching several pyramids documentaries that go through how precise their math was, and more importantly the dimensions reflecting the golden number and pi in many ways. They say the top of the great pyramid is only 1/4 inch off from the base which thoroughly impressed modern engineers. I think the other rock walls found in multiple places around the world where it looks like gigantic stones were melted into each other were probably made by the same group as the pyramids. We couldn't recreate either of those things today. The self proclaimed "elites" of humanity probably know beyond any doubt how it was done, but of course they need to suppress truth to live their king fantasies. The guy who made coral castle apparently figured out acoustic levitation. Of course his shop had a mysterious fire in it once his creation started to draw bigger attention.

Vor year
Casey Ray Harris. Esquire
Casey Ray Harris. Esquire

Scared to reiterate factual information. I0Oh I'm sorry I thought this was America? -Randy. the two party system is so they can have their cake(war) and eat it too (Democrat who opposes War)- Eric Cartman. I shouldn't be afraid to make a nonviolent & or non slanderous statement. But I am and that is a clear look in the mirror, the American has now entered the beginning stage of job versus human population ratio. And everyone seems to have middle management Authority while most smart decent upstanding human beings that are smart and well-informed that can't complain because they can't compete with the dollars of the corrupted faction within our government. and people are so focused on their jobs and tired when they get back and stressed for trying to provide that they don't really cared about politics. But I guess like alcoholics our democracy had to hit rock bottom first. I mean we already have a fully automated Greenhouse for growing crops using Hydroponics Robotics and 3D lasers where they can plant the seed germinated transfer feed it and water it with exact nutrients which would eliminate pesticide runoff and River pollution.using less land, tapping into the water table and the indoor climate controlled environment would allow 365 24/7 groom farming conditions and we also wouldn't have so much wasted water pumped up from the water table, and when the water table get slower there's less water pressure on those Caverns and when we pump out so much the fissures and cracks in Earth's crust causing earthquakes and for earthquake-prone environments that's not a good thing. I learned all that from Reddit and published articles that I was interested in and one side is collected all this information I stepped back and Sean as a whole and you didn't like what I see and now I find out that the original creator of Reddit was suspiciously murdered in a case I feel more compelling than the Jeffrey Epstein case which just goes to show you their killing their own depraved people on the inside and they're killing everybody else to. all he was trying to do was make a website where people can access information that's in the public domain and even have it alleged aspirations to run for president and he was someone had an office at Harvard and two other schools when he was suicided according to both his parents his wife and brothers. If you can wrap your head around the Epstein cover up then you can certainly see why corporations who have been people in the eyes of the law since 15 or 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, I don't see how they can act as decent upstanding citizens when they're legally bound to make the highest profit for their shareholders. Putting a corporation's best interest above the interest in self preservation of the human race. they likely killed this guy and if I'm found dead they likely killed me too for saying this and telling people around the internet something that they might not have had time or been home to watch the news on the day of that particular pivotal White Collar privileged white male children to disagree with political policy was murdered for trying to somewhere in Europe that can plant the seed germinated even moderate in existence or reference This is getting really real. don't know what conspiracies are false, which ones have been proven to be true yet remain out of the public eye like the Gulf of Tonkin, Iran-Contra, Inkay Ultra, The cia's Proposal 2 come in false flag terrorist attacks and blame it on Fidel Castro in order to go to Garner Sympathy for the invasion of Cuba and the military industrial complex. I just know that we've been in two record-breaking long Wars, 18 and 20 years , neither of which us to be there. And I just want to say a quick prayer for all the service members who have served, particularly for those who have been mistreated. And I'm sure that's a lot of you. my American countrymen and the find folks who serve on Military that I'm so proud of. May God have mercy on us all. references is getting really real. don't know what conspiracies are false, which ones have been proven to be true yet remain out of the public eye like the Gulf of Tonkin, Iran-Contra, Inkay Ultra, The cia's Proposal 2 come in false flag terrorist attacks and blame it on Fidel Castro in order to go to Garner Sympathy for the invasion of Cuba and the military industrial complex. I just know that we've been in two record-breaking long Wars, 18 and 20 years , neither of which us to be there. And I just want to say a quick prayer for all the service members who have served, particularly for those who have been mistreated. And I'm sure that's a lot of you. my American countrymen and the find folks who serve on Military that I'm so proud of. May God have mercy on us all.

Vor year
CM E
CM E

@Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr This is simply not true, since corporations run the government. Think of government as a resource corporations manipulate and exploit. It's called Friendly Fascism. We've been living it in the US since Reagan was elected.

Vor year
carefulcarpenter
carefulcarpenter

@Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr Is it likely that the Egyptians did not build the Giza pyramids? _synchronistic mathematics_ points to a multidimentional reality.

Vor year
shaftdrive
shaftdrive

We had an old local formal clubhouse. Before renovation, the ceiling fans (6 of them, I think) were connected to old resistance-type regulators. Massive units with huge knobs, 6-8 speeds. Those things would have been installed 50+ years ago. No problems at all. I've installed new (solid state) little regulators at home, they last maybe a couple of years max. Terrible.

Vor 2 Monate
Acedia Frost
Acedia Frost

Smartphones also seem to do this with software updates. Within the tiny amount of security improvements, there is a massive amount of updates for apps that were put on your phone without your consent, and you can't delete them because for whatever reason they're deemed "system apps" despite clearly having nothing to do with your actual system. Every software update you install, your phone gets slower and laggier and the battery drains faster and faster. Unfortunately, you can only put the updates off for so long before your phone's security is outdated and you're more prone to malware and the like, so in the end your smartphone will only last a limited amount of time (as a smartphone, at least, since you can still technically call and text with them, and turning your internet off will generally improve your battery life to a point where it'll still last you at least a day)

Vor 22 Tage
Mikko Rantalainen
Mikko Rantalainen

The interesting question is, what are your requirements? If you want an everlasting light bulb and don't mind the efficiency, it's really easy to do. However, if you want spectrum distribution identical to black body radiation (that is, quality wise matching an incasdescent light bulb) and efficiency above 100 lm/W (better than CFL), then creating everlasting light bulb is really really really hard. And those white LEDs? The failure point of those is either too thin phosphor coating (white LEDs use phosphor to convert UV light to visible light and that's a wear part) or electrolytic capacitors having limited lifespan inside the inverter needed to power those LEDs.

Vor 3 Monate
eekee
eekee

One of my cleaners had microfiber cloths which lasted many times longer than other cloths. Then the supply dried up. I could say some things about programmers, even in open source, and I don't mean security updates. Still, it's been a few years since I was in touch with the scene and my memories are getting fuzzy. I will say that Red Hat's attempts to increase their business when they became a publicly-traded company in '98 actively hurt me. Their business is getting customers to sign up for their support contracts... Oh, VPNs and media! I don't have time for mass media -- I don't have time to watch half the Youtube videos I want to -- but I remember the time when you could buy physical goods from other countries with little if any tax. That was a good time! :D

Vor 3 Monate
Zan
Zan

The fact that it's so well known and still being allowed to exist is criminal

Vor 6 Monate
Hue Lu
Hue Lu

@ASIF ISHAN nurses and doctors failed

Vor 3 Monate
michael andrews
michael andrews

Only in the USA and other third world countries most modern countries have consumer protection laws that stop this.

Vor 3 Monate
madalyn sibble
madalyn sibble

Well if you want these luxuries you have to accept that the people making them for you must stay in business . It would be different if everyone was making everything themselves instead of buying things . But there’s a huge gap in knowledge these days .

Vor 3 Monate
Wyatt Newton
Wyatt Newton

@Brandy Lou Small business would pop up and create a much more competitive marketplace. Big businesses are mostly a negative as they collude to keep prices high, artificially limit competition, and lobby the government to pervert laws to their benefit. Small businesses are more likely to care about their employees and local communities. The world would be a better place if companies like Ford, GM, GE, Dupont, and Wells Fargo among others just disappeared.

Vor 3 Monate
lIlIlMlIlIl
lIlIlMlIlIl

It is not that simple. Tell me, if everyone buys the perfect product, and never have to replace it, what happens to the jobs at the factory?

Vor 3 Monate
Tiltorn
Tiltorn

It's funny how back in those days they thought that the future would be that work would be done by robots and humans wouldn't have to work anymore, or not as much. And when this starts to happen people panic because there is not enough work. The trick is that when a company replaces employees with robots and fires the employees, it stops paying them. Not a single company would want to replace humans with robots and keep paying humans who are doing nothing. And every time our lives become more simple thanks to some product, we can know that there is never free time. The time you save for yourself will be spent by someone else. Someone else is going to try to take it away from you by making you busy on their thing.

Vor 2 Monate
NebukadV
NebukadV

Would have been nice to at least mention, that also LED lights are victim to planned obsolecence, because either the power supply or the LEDs themselves are designed to run so hot, that they die after 2-3 years.

Vor 2 Monate
Spoonman
Spoonman

I'm just gonna say now that as soon as I heard International General Electric being involved, I wasn't surprised. Their namesake, General Electric, had been involved in all sorts of scummy screw-you-over business practices for years. One of the main ones being... the electric bill that we all know and love and have to pay monthly. Thank the big electricity companies for that one. In essence it was one of the first subscription services.

Vor 3 Monate
addusernamehere
addusernamehere

Great video. Wish more consumers would watch this.

Vor 3 Monate
Kouga
Kouga

"Planned obsolescence" is *not* good for everyone. It's extremely unsustainable consumptionism.

Vor year
K Rupert
K Rupert

@antred11 I think an economic overhaul is in order. The moment we realize that self sufficiency equals economic collapse is when we know we have a problem. If first we could incorporate the cost of recycling/waste processing into the cost of the product, then that would keep costs high which would give enough to cover new laws that would prevent companies from destroying products/produce that could instead have benefited those in need. Already if we could do that we'd be better off. Then perhaps encouraging community projects where people trade skills for other skills, we could get more done without the need to transfer money, or maybe create a crypto currency based on trades and skill shares that aren't directly related to the standard currency. I think additionally if we could set wages based on a % of either the country or company earnings, then we wouldn't have to constantly butt against inflation. That way even if money devalues, it doesn't matter as it's a % of earnings rather than a set amount of money. Additionally, if the wage is based on a % of earnings in a company, your earnings would grow as the company grows, so it would in a way be similar to being a shareholder.

Vor year
antred11
antred11

@Marco Venustus "Tell me an example of monopoly on a free market" Well, if your definition of the term "free market" excludes any system in which monopolies exist, then obviously it is not possible to provide such an example. But, in your system, what would actually _prevent_ such monopolies from forming if not government regulation?

Vor year
antred11
antred11

@K Rupert "Unfortunately our entire economy is based on a constant flow of consumption." Yes, and that is exactly why, at some point, consumption-driven, profit-based capitalism (so basically _capitalism_ ) stops being a feasible societal / economical model and _something_ more like socialism is required.

Vor year
Danilo Majhenic
Danilo Majhenic

@David Freeman in your first paragraph you state that people "hoard" money when it increases in it value and they buy less. First lets use the term saving instead of hoarding. Normal people do not hoard money, but they save it for emergencies. And for retirement. Thoose are good things and we have always done that. Even a squirel saves nuts for the winter. It does not hoard it. Even though they some time forget where they put it :) How exactly this behaviour plays on this topic? With saving money we buy things that will last longer, because money saving gives us more confidence and emergency fund for the future. This means that companies will see more buying of products that last longer. And companies will need to accomodate that. That will happen with increase prices for products with longer duration. Companies will also accomodate with a more broad production. They will not only make pencils, but also pencils, eraser, notes and maybe a digital note taking app, to go with the advancements in society. That way will also the company hedge its products against emergencies. Thats my view how a deflationary money solves this. A 2% inflation means that all the people combined must every year have 2% of their capital have in credits. That neccesarily means more consuption. So much that it is unhealhty and we are asking why.

Vor year
Danilo Majhenic
Danilo Majhenic

@David Freeman hyperinflation and deflation are two different and opposite things. Hyperinflation is very destructive for the store of value of the hyperinflating instrument. Deflation on the other side is very constructive for the store of value function of the deflating instrument.

Vor year
Annastasia Kohen
Annastasia Kohen

Planned and perceived obsolescence. They each contribute significantly to global warming.

Vor 2 Tage
ヘスリングマイク
ヘスリングマイク

Planned obsolesence is a concept I learned from my dad 45 years ago. Diametrically opposite to anything made in China. (unplanned obsolesence) But I digress. I believe improving the product so consumers would want to opt up is the hallmark of good company.

Vor 22 Tage
Victor Kuklin
Victor Kuklin

Thanks for a great video, I really didn't know that companies were fined for making a long lasting light bulb. In our consumer society where profit is of highest value, not people's life, we will always have this situation where we can't have long lasting quality thing. We have to change consumer society to creative society format where human life is of the highest value. Right now millions of people are already actively building such a society. I encourage you to check out this project! It represent a true evolution of humanity.

Vor Monat
Victor Kuklin
Victor Kuklin

@Empmortakaten ok, thanks for clearing this up. But for us, consumers, does it play a big role knowing where this fine is coming from? I don't think so. We are at a disadvantage anyway. But there is a way out : changing consumerist format of society to creative one. Where human life, safety, and freedoms are protected in reality , not on paper, like right now. Don't you agree?

Vor 11 Tage
Empmortakaten
Empmortakaten

It wasn't a government fine, it was a fine imposed by the cartel. By signing on to the cartel they agreed, legally, to pay such fines to the cartel if they were found in violation of the agreement. Modern cartels, like OPEC+ do the same today. They all agree to only pump and process a certain amount of oil per day. Any member of the cartel that violates that agreement gets fined by the rest of the cartel.

Vor 11 Tage
Owen Toad
Owen Toad

There's an argument that absolutely noone talks about with the whole light bulb situation. Longer lasting bulbs are dimmer and less efficient. Incandescent lights are very cheap and easy to replace, so I really don't know if the benefit to them outweighs the downsides. That being said, I fully support Right to Repair.

Vor 23 Tage
Owen Toad
Owen Toad

@Some Shitposter I was talking specifically about incandescent lights. LEDs are a different point entirely

Vor 18 Tage
Some Shitposter
Some Shitposter

No longer lasting light bulbs arent dimmer and less efficient. A LED bulb last way longer than any Incandescent one and it needs less electricity. The only advantage it has is that it is cheaper.

Vor 18 Tage
Potato
Potato

Imagine just how advanced we would be if it wasn't for business practices like this

Vor 3 Monate
MisterHeroman
MisterHeroman

@Clark Potter That's not relevant to capitalism. In other words, it can still happen with capitalism.

Vor 2 Monate
DrPogo
DrPogo

Capitalism!

Vor 3 Monate
Kaitlynn Golsan
Kaitlynn Golsan

All because of capitolism unfortunately

Vor 3 Monate
ihazdaforks
ihazdaforks

@RawDog People still upgrade their phone's every year even though they work fine. It would create a lot less waste.

Vor 3 Monate
Junko Enoshima
Junko Enoshima

in stoneage. Practices like that is the reason we have technological progress at all.

Vor 3 Monate
Angel Santana
Angel Santana

What a great video! Honestly excellent in all fronts 👍

Vor 2 Monate
KING JAMES HRMH
KING JAMES HRMH

Do you believe there is a possibility of a correlation between the height of a lightbulb and the average time it lasts with enough data, accounting for the variation in ambient temperature?

Vor 22 Tage
E B
E B

The problem with LED lightbulbs (and fluorescents) is that a chain is only as strong as their weakest link. These bulbs are supposed to last much longer than incandescent, but still seem to die as frequently. I wonder why the ballast is so finicky?

Vor 16 Tage
Chris Green
Chris Green

I find it interesting people are reverting back to old fashioned bulbs now as a sort of nostalgia. Great video. Thanks

Vor Monat
Destruction Katchup
Destruction Katchup

The phrase “They don’t make’m like they used to” exists for a reason.

Vor year
Jon Blund
Jon Blund

​@A1 Uplift I dono which pulls the strongest but the brain is really good at remembering the bad too, natural defence mechanism

Vor 15 Tage
Adamo Conscientia
Adamo Conscientia

The reason is also “Balancing Counter argument theory” which states that no matter what you say online there will always be an equal and opposite reaction to your statement.

Vor Monat
Okaro
Okaro

@hailey grey And It uses electricity like three new ones.

Vor year
Okaro
Okaro

@Hifi Teen So? There never will be a new device that has lasted long. In 2050 there will be people looking back at head phones made in 2020 and they will say: "They will not make them like they used to do.".

Vor year
Okaro
Okaro

Yes, it is called nostalgia. Other examples are: "Summers used to be warmer". "People used to fight fairly an did kick someone one the ground." I have heard those 40 years ago.

Vor year
Joel Atkinson
Joel Atkinson

I think planned obsolescence is perfectly moral if the products are a reasonable price.

Vor 20 Tage
Peter B
Peter B

Great job! I have to admit iPhones are lighter and larger now. I just pulled my old one of a drawer today by coincidence, and it "felt" old, while it's not really that old. It was just surpassed. It looks small and heavy, compared to my new one (only iPhone 7). Even without "style" judgements, it has been improved upon. What hasn't been improved is the flip phone. I went back to a flip phone for a while. I didn't think the early iPhone was worth the cost. The flip phone was perfect for what it was supposed to do. The older iPhone was slow and the only time I used any of the cellular data options was when I had to wait somewhere, like the tire store, with nothing to do. It was just a phone and a paperweight otherwise. My current iPhone/ camera/ radio/ podcaster/ bank teller is much better.

Vor 13 Tage
SweetFoxGirl
SweetFoxGirl

I haven’t watched the whole thing yet but from the lightbulb, I already knew that money was causing all this, well the person 6:10 says that he doesn’t care about what’s best for his customers, he wanted money…but why focus on money when you can make an even better thing? This is legit people now, people haven’t changed, ALMOST all people just want money, that’s why people are doing crappy work everywhere, it’s like people don’t know how to do their job anymore like we were at Starbucks recently and my dad ordered coffee and this one person kept over-filling the cup and then dumping it out ans then repeated the same thing…he did not like coffee…all they cared about was money…that person had a trans flag on their hat so idk what to call them, it looked like a girl. I wish people were more focused on their job and not money, when I grow up, I wanna become an example to people, like working at places for the sake of working NOT money, well I still want to earn money but it just won’t be my main focus :)

Vor 22 Tage
ari eggerts
ari eggerts

Dude its a minimum wage worker,

Vor 17 Tage
mindustrial
mindustrial

15:30 Ten to fifteen times longer than a normal lightbulb. So that would mean 10,000 to 15,000 burning hours. But an LED has a lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours so there is still artificial obsolescence in place here.

Vor 22 Tage
Maja Dejanovska
Maja Dejanovska

So, mandatory planned obsolescence gave us the gift that keeps on giving: piles of waste, mostly PVC, that won't ever degrade. Awesome.

Vor year
Grant Sch
Grant Sch

@Atomic Viking  @Atomic Viking  WOOD is maintainably renewable. Paper and lumber companies stay in confined areas, and are required to farm tree as you would wheat or junk. Companies could easily make it work. GLASS was the main thing plastics came to replace. Washing bottles for reuse was a huge cost for soda companies, and plastic was the lazy fix they slapped on their product. They basically shirked the responsibility of cleaning over onto the consumer, and now somehow have everyone convinced that it's our job to clean up the garage they keep coughing up. We will never run out of glass. Companies could easily make it work. METALS, in the near future, will take off due to asteroid mining. It blows my mind that that still hasn't happened. But there's a lot of rando billionaires with rockets now-a-days, so look out. ENERGY... is complicated. It gives me a bit of hope to know, however, that basically every apocalyptic prediction we've made about climate change over the last few decades has been way off. Teachers were telling students that Florida wouldn't exist by 2010 as recent as 1988. The total carbon output of the world finally looks like it's peaking out (or at least dropped) for the first time in 200 years. Scientists are making recent breakthroughs in fusion: the dream power source that will make energy more extractable than ever. Things are getting better, because that's how time works. Even if we make something worse, there's no good reason we can't just revert back to what we were doing before. HOWEVER Leaders (companies included) need to get their priorities in order. I'm not saying they need to push for a green agenda; those are a popularity contest. I'm saying a lot of the problems are fixable, and they need to stop making them complicated. We live in a world where takes an entire revolution to enact what should be common sense. It's annoying, and it isn't worth stressing over. My guy, the only problems with the world are the priorities.

Vor 11 Monate
maggie calos
maggie calos

@poopy pants there's now know microscopic plastics floating in some parts of the ocean which fish eat, we eat the fish and waala.

Vor 11 Monate
maggie calos
maggie calos

@vorpal22 sounds like nature's natural garbage collection ,can man go in there and collect it..makes sense.

Vor 11 Monate
maggie calos
maggie calos

@Godspeed your last sentence summed it up perfectly 👍👍💯%🙂

Vor 11 Monate
ummduhgmail
ummduhgmail

At that logic with the led bulb, I should have sold my home sever a dozen times by now. Led bulbs in my experience led bulbs don’t even last as long as incandescent bulbs. I’ve in fact gone back to buying incandescent or halogen.

Vor 4 Tage
Apoorv Sinha
Apoorv Sinha

I think the same thing happened with the engine as nobody wanted to decrease their sales of petroleum and look for a greener alternative

Vor 2 Monate
No_name98
No_name98

Before watching this I had a conversation with a fellow electrician about how I believed LED lighting would not be good long term, business wise. We use 50,000 hour rated light fixtures. I can see this being an issue for every business in the lighting industry.

Vor 3 Monate
Naomi Burn
Naomi Burn

The quality of this production is outstanding.

Vor 3 Monate

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