Definition of planned obsolescence in US English:

planned obsolescence


  • A policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of nondurable materials.

    • ‘This isn't necessarily planned obsolescence: if things don't cost much in the first place, then you don't feel bad if they break and you get rid of them, or if the style changes and you want something else.’
    • ‘It uses feature-creep and planned obsolescence to force you to upgrade from applications that work perfectly well just to be able to maintain compatibility with the ‘new, improved’ versions.’
    • ‘Is our disposable society or planned obsolescence to blame of the decline in product quality?’
    • ‘Big business gave us planned obsolescence and blundering corporations.’
    • ‘Manufacturers would then be more inclined to produce less waste in their packaging, and to reduce the planned obsolescence in the design of their products.’
    • ‘They're tired of paying for planned obsolescence.’
    • ‘While most people are now wise to the role of planned obsolescence in selling cars, not so many are aware that the makers of domestic products play the same marketing game.’
    • ‘Until recently I had an old Cadillac, and it was built with something we used to call planned obsolescence, where it was supposed to be serviced frequently.’
    • ‘But dig a little deeper and the truth is more complex and may say as much about planned obsolescence as it does consumer safety.’
    • ‘Following his own advice, he introduced annual model changes for GM cars - planned obsolescence designed to make the consumer discontented with what he or she already had.’
    • ‘Techniques pioneered by bike manufacturers such as the assembly line, planned obsolescence, and marketing incentives were readily adopted by the automotive industry.’
    • ‘The fashion industry gets away with planned obsolescence all the time by arbitrarily declaring clothes we just bought as having the trendsetting equivalent of a steam powered toaster.’
    • ‘The consumer electronics market has traditionally been a little slower at imposing planned obsolescence on its customers than the computing industry, but it violated that rule with the work on the next-generation DVD.’
    • ‘This planned obsolescence is a deliberate attempt to beat the rivals in the survival-of-the-fittest race.’
    • ‘But in this culture, with its highly developed techniques of planned obsolescence, the story line is clear: imminent demise or wholesale redesign.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that we could do without the 17 brands of toothpaste, the planned obsolescence, and the annual fashion changes.’
    • ‘An end to planned obsolescence, where products are designed for a limited life, is essential.’
    • ‘Computers are among the fastest depreciating commodities you can buy, losing most of their value within two years and the toxic combination of unreliability and planned obsolescence has undermined many people's faith in the internet.’
    • ‘Nike offers a clear picture of how planned obsolescence has evolved.’
    • ‘It does this by introducing planned obsolescence into the organism itself.’


planned obsolescence

/ˌpland ˌäbsəˈlesəns/