In this article I will talk about how the industries of the world can lower the cost of living for every consumer. I believe the industries would never follow this idea, as they believe they would loose money and go out of business.
This is an idea that was implemented in the United States and other countries of the world for hundreds of years. Only recently has the world turned to the cheap scam, that has risen their cost of living. The general idea to tangible goods such as tools, is quality. If the tool is built to last, then the consumer would rather buy that tool rather than the tool that breaks down sooner. Modern industries have changed the mind of the consumer, programmed them into buying the cheapest, least lasting product. This increases the profits of the industry, and increases the cost of living for the consumer.
I can buy a "Bic" cigarette lighter for $1.68. The "Bic" cigarette lighter will last me x4 and even x5 the amount of time than the cheaper lighters found at gas stations. The cheaper lighters will cost about $0.75 to $0.99 each. People will say, "It is just a lighter, and will save over half a dollar." The cheap lighter quites working in seven days. The "Bic" lighter quites working in about 1 month. That makes the "Bic" four times more valuable.
Power saws work the same way. One saw will last 3 months, it is the cheapest you get. While the other saw that cost about x2 times as much can last for 2 years. Power tools used to be manufactured with quality and long lasting in their design. Some power tools from 1900-1960 are still in use today. That makes those tools, not because of their age, 40 times more valuable than the new stuff, even if the old stuff was new.
Most of the tangible goods we have to buy each year have time bombs as part of their design. They are designed to work no more than a specific number of uses. This was done deliberately to increase production and profits for the industry. This of course raises the cost of living for the consumer. This increases the resources in countries being used, and also increases garbage.
If the consumer would buy merchandise based only on their predicted life expectancy, then manufacturers would have to make their products have higher quality, and no time bombs. This would reduce the world's garbage, decrease the cost of living for every country in the world, and decrease pollution.
I ask you to challenge my article, challenge what I am saying to you. Calculate the total cost of an item that last 10 years, verses the cost of the item that lasts 1 year. The cost of the item that last 10 years is 10 times more valuable than the item that can last no longer than 1 year. If the 1 year item cost fifty dollars, and the 10 year item cost two hundred dollars, you would see the one costing the most giving you a cheaper cost of living.
Hand tools, clocks, computers, all kinds of electronics, have all been programmed to expire after the time that manufactures have decided. Our life doesn't have to be as painful and expensive as it is now.