(noun) To increase profits by intentionally producing goods that quickly become obsolete and therefore require replacing.
Example: An electronic device with an irreplaceable battery or unupgradeable memory.
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- Plural: planned obsolescence
- Planned obsolescence is achieved by frequent changes in design, limiting the availability of replacement parts, and the use of substandard materials.
- Also called built-in obsolescence.
- Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. 2011. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. New York: New York University Press.
- Packard, Vanco. 1960. The Waste Makers. New York: David McKay.
- Slade, Giles. 2006. Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.