- Vedran Jelaca
Business Excellence Analyst, Daimler AG
Planned Obsolescence or, why light bulbs die after 1000h? Even if not official or Government regulated, exists. Should it?
Planned Obsolescence, a trend started and encouraged in the 1920's by the Phoebus cartel, a group of light bulb manufacturing comapnies, is very much alive today.
Not only companies manufacture products of lower quality than technologically possible, but they do it intentionally. The sooner something breaks, the sooner we will need to replace it, of course, just outside the warranty period.
Overlooking the extra cost for the consumer and the lost opportunities in innovation (because, why should we?), the unnecessary impact on our planet's resources is immense.
The only positive aspect I could find was employment creation...
Should we allow this kind of behaviour? Should it be regulated?