(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.
- Word origin of “plan” and “obsolescence” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Planned Obsolescence
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “planned obsolescence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
planned obsolescence. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “planned obsolescence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 19, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“planned obsolescence.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/>.