Perhaps the concept is taken too far.
But I have spoken to chemists at major firms who were able to confirm they have been requested to weaken the product. By that I'm talking specifically on that silver-grey plastic that wears through to black over time, if you know that effect?
Sometimes the cheaper products can last longer because they don't have the smarts to design in something that fails... and we're blown away when we find that cheap product that turns out to be a better than the label standard.
How many sneakers do you know that have black and not white sole trim?
I've seen wetsuits without the seams glued down. That's no mistake since it was common to every Billabong Oscillator and not just a single line. I won't buy from them again. Now we have weaker suits... but it's OK because the stretch is a feature...
In every buying decision I expect trouble. Time to get creative. Glue those seams down
It's cynical but it works.
Regards upgrade cycles. It's a tough one because in a sense a maker is entitled to do this. That's why an open phone like the GeeksOne is worth looking into regardless of the quality of the thing itself (!). I have had tons of old hardware that could be perfectly useable today had it not been for obfrustrications on the software side. You get to a point where you just have enough of this stuff. It's not just the money, it's just that you get to like something and you want it to be reliable. It's about efficiency too. When I buy something new the first thing I'm thinking is how long is this thing going to be useful for before it's incompatible.
People just seem to have a blind spot for this. How many times do they have to get shafted before they learn? Often it;s because they just want to buy, to buy anything... just because they want the buying experience to fill some sort of deficiency in their life. I know I've done it!