Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jul 2017 17:07 UTC
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"We must reinstate the reparability of all products put on the market," said Parliament's rapporteur Pascal Durand MEP: "We have to make sure that batteries are no longer glued into a product, but are screwed in so that we do not have to throw away a phone when the battery breaks down. We need to make sure that consumers are aware of how long the products last and how they can be repaired".

Parliament wants to promote a longer product lifespan, in particular by tackling programmed obsolescence for tangible goods and for software.

This is a very noble goal, but I am afraid that in many product segments, this ship has sailed. Does anybody honestly expect, for instance, smartphone makers to go back to screwed cases and removable batteries? I would love if they did, but I just don't see it happening.

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ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

The EU Parliament can leave it up to the consumer if he wants to buy quality products or throwaway junk.
No need for the appartchiks to tell me what to buy or not to buy.

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

No need for the appartchiks to tell me what to buy or not to buy.


Yeah, you want to be told what to buy by corporations.

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

Which corporation forces you to buy their stuff?

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

kwan_e,

Yeah, you want to be told what to buy by corporations.



Indeed, it's hard for consumers to go green when corporations are making choices that promote their profits instead.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

He said, while probably still being alive because of "appartchiks" telling her/him and her/his parents what they can and cannot buy.

With that attitude, we'd still be dying from preventable diseases, have tens ofthousands of traffic deaths every year, be dying of polluted water, and tons of other things.

The free market isn't a panacea. Only sheltered rich kids think so.

Edited 2017-07-06 11:58 UTC

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

Sheltered rich kids do not appreciate the value of freedom because they have not experienced what it is like to have lost it.
Freedom has to be defended every day from all sorts of mafiosi trying to take it away from you.

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