People can fight back against planned obsolescence by fixing the tech we already own, but the consumer electronics industry isn’t making it easy

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Part of capitalism is the market, the people, taking charge. If the “market” says it makes sense to fix something for whatever reason (environmental reasons, dollar cost, whatever) producers will react to it. They may go the crony route. They may lower prices. Or they may say, “Hey, the market is saying it wants goods which are more durable and repairable and we need to find out how to make money in such an environment.” Or they might do something else.

But if one buys a gadget that gadget is owned by the buyer. He or she should be able to fix or tinker to his or her heart’s content. The tech firms have every right to fight this tinkering within the market, but there shouldn’t be laws against tinkering.

(From The Wall Street Journal)

There’s a fight brewing between giant tech companies and tinkerers that could impact how we repair gadgets or choose the shop where we get it done by a pro. At issue: Who owns the knowledge required to take apart and repair TVs, phones and other electronics?

Manufacturers stop us by controlling repair plans and limiting access to parts. Some even employ digital software locks to keep us from making changes or repairs. This may not always be planned obsolescence, but it’s certainly intentional obfuscation.

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