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noun
a method of stimulating consumer demand by designing products that wear out or become outmoded after limited use.
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Also called built-in obsolescence.

Origin of planned obsolescence

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for planned obsolescence

planned obsolescence

noun
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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Cultural definitions for planned obsolescence

planned obsolescence
[ (ob-suh-les-uhns) ]

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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