planned-obsolescence

planned obsolescence

noun
a method of stimulating consumer demand by designing products that wear out or become outmoded after limited use.
Also called built-in obsolescence.


Origin:
1965–70

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planned obsolescence
 
n
Also called: built-in obsolescence the policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it

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planned obsolescence [(ob-suh-les-uhns)]

Incorporating into a product features that will almost certainly go out of favor in a short time, thereby inducing the consumer to purchase a new model of the product. Placing sweeping tail fins on an automobile was an example of planned obsolescence.

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