planned obsolescence

(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.

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