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  •  We have Sony radio in the bathroom. 1967. (0+ / 0-)

    It works.

    We have a special CD/DVD-and-VHS thingie in the living room. 2006.

    It doesn't work because it "ate" a VHS and broke a tiny odd-looking nylon wheel off inside.

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    Over the years that radio sold about 20 items with the Sony name on them. We always bought Sony for gifts and T.V.'s and whatever.

    Now ????????????????

    And it died immediately after reaching the end of warranty....

    Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + sane Pro-Lifers =EQ= The GOPer Base

    by vets74 on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 01:28:19 PM PDT

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    •  We bought a VCR (0+ / 0-)

      with some wedding money, what?, some twenty years ago. It still works. We are on our second or third DVD player and these are all "good" brands. Planned obsolescence, I guess.

      There's a reason Democrats won massively the last two cycles, and it wasn't because people were desperate for "bipartisanship". --kos

      by Debby on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 07:16:51 PM PDT

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      •  Durability used to have a selective pressure (0+ / 0-)

        Making a durable item has a selective value in the automobile marketplace, still.  When a TV used to cost what was the equivalent of a car, that same pressure worked on reliability of TVs.  Same for radios.

        But as consumer electronics have become cheaper, reliability has gotten down to that "eye color" position, where it has low selective pressure.  DVD #3 failed? Eh, there's another one for $20 at Walmart.

        •  I spent $30 at Target. (0+ / 0-)

          It's really a hideous cycle though, isn't it, because now it includes the guilt of what do I do with all this plastic and these wires and crap, add it to the landfill? And why is the DVD player twenty or thirty bucks? Because they're made by the trillions by people who get paid crap to do it, not by your neighbors or folks in the next state over who are going to plow that money back into your community. It's a sucky model in my opinion.

          There's a reason Democrats won massively the last two cycles, and it wasn't because people were desperate for "bipartisanship". --kos

          by Debby on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 07:02:54 AM PDT

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