I really don’t like the sound of that name, BUT more and more I see that is exactly what we have become. It’s sad. With inflation of commercial transportation and the price of food (and everything else) – we’re becoming aware that we have less to spend, if we still have a job.
The only way I know to combat this trend from the home front, is to begin to say “No.”
“No, I decide where I spend the money I have.” I refuse to fall for your advertising again, only to discover you did not disclose enough to be truly honest about what you were offering.”
“No, I won’t buy a new one. You will repair the factory defect of the one I already bought.” If you want me to buy another washing machine, you will engineer them to last longer than three years. The old ones lasted fifteen to twenty years just fine. With millions using washing machines, you cannot get away with engineering obsolescence to increase unreasonable sales. What’s it doing to the environment in the junk yards? Not only that, quote a price I can afford. Just because I’m poor, doesn’t mean I don’t have to wash my clothes.
I admit to being a consumer sucker one time in recent history. I thought I would need one more computer that would last the rest of my life, because my old ones had lasted for many years. Reasonable, right? Yep, I ended up paying $2,000 for a laptop. Guess what? I thought I was smarter than that and should have known better. “Engineered Obsolescence” bit me in the butt!
That’s my experience – you got one? Have you been a Consumer Sucker?