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planned obsolescence

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  1. a method of stimulating consumer demand by designing products that wear out or become outmoded after limited use.

Origin of planned obsolescence

First recorded in 1965–70
Also called built-in obsolescence.
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British Dictionary definitions for planned obsolescence

planned obsolescence

  1. the policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace itAlso called: built-in obsolescence
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planned obsolescence in Culture

planned obsolescence


Incorporating into a product features that will almost certainly go out of favor in a short time, thereby inducing the consumer to purchase a new model of the product. Placing sweeping tail fins on an automobile was an example of planned obsolescence.

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