This article questions a French approach to stopping product obsolescence and looks to Japan for an alternative way – one that makes buying better products easier...
Wednesday, 10th January 2018
Public anger across Europe at the mountains of waste electrical products being smashed up for material recycling or for export to Africa has led French regulators to target businesses that plan premature obsolescence into their products. But German researchers previously concluded there is no evidence that such planned obsolescence exists: it’s just that, in a competitive market, customers have the choice to buy good, better and best quality.
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