At least some folks in the government would like to take those decisions away from you. Phones and washing machines must be made to last, MPs say as Government launches inquiry into ‘Tsunami’ of e-waste.
People don’t throw their phones away every year because they don’t work. They want the newest iPhone or whatever.
The Labour MP told The Telegraph: “30 years ago, things were built to last, I had a dishwasher I gave to my sister that was 30 years old. Why is it that dishwashers that are built today break after 10 years?
If dealing with waste it too expensive, then increase the fees for the waste. Tell people, and they will plan accordingly. Of course that doesn’t give the .gov complete control over everything you buy.
That 30-year-old dishwasher, didn’t have 17 settings, or a 4-hour-delay (like mine does), probably didn’t do a very good job of cleaning dishes, oh, and it wouldn’t have met the “we have to use less energy” mandates. In other words, no one would want it today, even if the government would let you sell it.
So you want things that contain electronics (like a modern dishwasher) to last 30 years? Better spec military-grade components, and even then, they will need a lot of repair.
Would I like things to last longer? Sure. But consider the case of the circular saw.
You can run down to your favorite Big-box store and buy a circular saw for less than 50 bucks. Or, you can elect to purchase a German-engineered marvel from Festool for just shy of $600. (If I get all the options I want, it would be closer to $1000.) Both saws are available, and a lot of choices in between those extremes. Do you think the .gov should mandate the features in the $600 saw? Would you buy a circular saw for $600? (I do woodworking, and I haven’t purchased one, because money is definitely an object, and that just isn’t in my budget.)
Politicians have proved, time and again, that they aren’t very good engineers. They should stop pretending that they are.