This may be a funny strip but the idea of of desigining and building devices that break within a certain time frame or usage count is real, its called "Planned Obsolescence" and no its not a conspioracy theory but an openly admitted to industry non-secret that the emdai and news simply do not speak of and that effectively keeps it a secret.
That ink jet printer that breaks after 2 years could last much longer but has been deliberately deisgned to break after x amounts of usage. There is a great documentary calle dthe Lightbulb Conspiracy that goes into detail about the idea of planned obsolescence and where it got its start. Sadly its probably the primary contributor to our current soceity of excessive disposable stuff. insetad of building something with quality that lasts we now get cheap crap that has to be rerplaced periodically. Who wins, who loses? The big corporate insiders and the elites win while the rst of us lose (like normal).
"There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little cheaper, and those who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." [Attributed to Ruskin]
"It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money â€” that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot â€” it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." [Actually by Ruskin]
hihosteverino - I am also reminded of the incredibly reliable stereo/audio products made by McIntosh Laboratory of Binghamton, New York. They're gorgeous to look at and beautifully engineered to boot. I've wanted to own their stuff since I was in college from 1962-1966, but never had the money nor do I now, unfortunately. The company has enjoyed a strong following among the cognoscenti world wide since the early 1950's and is still in business today because of its careful leadership. I gather, however, that other, more avaricious companies, while making a pile on planned obsolescence, have managed to alienate a significant number of people including quite a few of those posting on this site. No telling how long they might be around......