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1 posted on 04/20/2005 10:02:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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It is called "disposable technology". The labor to fix a VCR would cost you more than the price of a new one.

Consumers in some cases are buying electronics for less than they cost to manufacture or develop. The firms try to make it up in services and software to get that money. You can buy some new DVD releases for more than the price of a DVD player. That sure is some expensive licensing for the "software" considering all that goes into making that machine.


2 posted on 04/20/2005 10:16:21 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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What a crock. When I worked for the federal government they had containers to dispose batteries in. I go home and what do I and everyone else do? Toss them in the garbage. These earth day people have spent too much time in the sun. They need to come into sanity.


3 posted on 04/20/2005 10:19:51 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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Built in obsolesce is another factor.

Telling people to put "things" into sortable bins isn't the answer. By then the raw materials have been spent, there have been papers written developing the product, marketing the product, and associated documentation/reviews, etc.. Then it is "outmoded" and tossed onto the junk heap of society. Even if you wanted to use old equipment, things like printer cartridges go out of production with no "replacement".

Everyone seems focused on getting the sales "this quarter" and replacing "this year's model" with something newer and cheaper. Does any company have a 5 year plan any more? What with the turnover of CEOs, you wouldn't think so.

4 posted on 04/20/2005 10:21:34 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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I don't know about the cell phones. I've seen a couple of articles on FR where people recycled them and got stuck with huge bills as their accounts were somehow reactivated.

I have two old ones I am going to smash into millions of pieces soon.
5 posted on 04/20/2005 10:24:22 PM PDT by microgood
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''Earth Day'' is Lenin's birthday. Correct odds against this chosen date simply being happenstance: 364.2496 to 1. (full details AND calendrics upon request).

Sod these clowns.

6 posted on 04/20/2005 10:24:53 PM PDT by SAJ
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I think we should send all our old 286 based computers to a liberal to use.


7 posted on 04/20/2005 10:27:42 PM PDT by Always Right
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Whiners like this are why I feel like taking my obsolete electronics, bashing them into a million pieces and dumping them in the river.


8 posted on 04/20/2005 10:27:45 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (Proud Member of the WPPFF Death Cult - We're coming after YOU next!)
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Environmental concerns are usually treated with scorn here. I see this one is no different in the first few comments.

It doesn't affect me personally, - I won't be around that much longer, but we, mankind, cannot continue to indefinitely ignore the fact resources are limited without serious consequences.


10 posted on 04/20/2005 10:37:02 PM PDT by Northern Alliance
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