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    Minor rant to get it off my chest.

    Why doesn't anything last these days ?

    Why does my camera pack up after 2 years ?
    Why does the lens system go on my camcorder after 2 years ?
    Why does my hi-fi need a new laser after 18 months ?
    Why does my laptop not last more than 2 years ?
    Why do I have to buy a new microwave every 2 years ?
    Why does my mobile phone go faulty every 2 years ?
    Why do I have to buy a new vacuum cleaner every 12 months ?

    the list is endless.........and now I'm being told that we need to buy a new HD ready TV and all the trimmings that go with it to watch digital TV, if its worth it.

    Is this the price that we are paying in the west for low cost China or is it that everythings ****e now and its the media telling us that we have to have the latest thing.

    Anyway, its seriously p***ing me off.

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    I think its media as well as peer pressure

    although its nice to have the latest gadget, its always soon outdated.

    i think we have become a throwaway society.

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    you're too right steve...

    nobody mends anything these days.. or else it's impossible to mend it..


    the marketing men have won mate..

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    Definitely agree with the 'throwaway society' comment.

    I ran an ironing service for 5 years, doing about 20-30 hours ironing a week. Knowing the iron was going to take some hammering, I bought a really good one (about £80!) It lasted 6 months, and was replaced under warranty. The replacement lasted 8 months, and was also replaced under warranty. This went on for 2 years. I lost patience and bought a cr@ppy cheap one from Asda - it cost £18. It also lasted over a year before blowing up.

    I remember when I was a kid, my mum taking iron/hoover/radio to be repaired when they broke down - now we just chuck them in the bin and replace. No quality or staying power, just cheap junk that won't last the distance.

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    too right Mrs D..

    we want it cheap, so to make money they sell us 5 in the time a quality(dearer) one would last..

    I can't relate to irons .. but it's a bit like car tools.. buy cheap and it'll see you for a little while..REALLy lash out on some Snap-on or MAG and they'll last a lifetime..

    it's a 'you get what you pay for' moment..

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    Absolutely. You get what you pay for.

    Marketting has not won at all. What happening is society wants cheap goods, the only way to get cheap goods is to manufacture in China (etc) and really push down material costs. Which means using thinner materials, less robust assembly etc etc.

    We have driven this, it is not marketing driven. Suppliers only supply what the customer wants.

    In line with the point about quality tools above.
    We all want things to last for a lifetime, most people simply don't want to pay for it. That's why things don't last anymore.

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    100% agree on car tools here.

    Snap On you can't fault or the Halfords Pro stuff.

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    Anybody noticed the same when it comes to cars?

    When i passed my test 11 years ago i got a Nova 1.0 which was already ten years old. Seems that younguns passing their tests in the past few years have got themselves into new or nearly new cars and so i don't know if its just me but you don't see many old cars around anymore...

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    ive noticed that as well....

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    We live in a throwaway society, it's plain to see. Nobody keeps their cars very long, and with top notch finance deals available, brand new models are no longer out of reach for a lot of people.

    As for electrical goods, I used to work for Powerhouse, an electrical retailer. Rumour has it that some appliances are predetermined to work for a given length of time before breaking and requiring replacement. Think about it, if everyone's washing machine or fridge still lasted 10-20 years, what would it do to the economy? However, this has a little tinge of conspiracy theory about it so it isn't necessarily true. But in practice most appliances now last no more than 3 years.

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