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 built-in obsolescence
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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built-in obsolescence in Culture
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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