The Buy It For Life movement is the best thing that has happened for Western consumers. There was a time when it was cheaper to fix stuff... And then manufacturers found ways to make their products for ten cents on the dollar in the developing world. Now the developing world is developed, is selling the products directly without Western manufacturers making their cut, and consumers are longing for the chance to buy something un-crappy enough to be worth repairing.

Injecting John Deere into the mix is kinda bullshit, though. John Deere locked down their operating system. That we're talking about tractors with operating systems (that cost more than your house) kinda doesn't matter when we're lovingly describing the act of lubricating one-moving-part hair clippers.

I am also not willing to believe they fixed the Christmas lights.

posted by user-inactivated: 152 days ago