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Old 05-17-2009, 02:05 PM  
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The declining quality of consumer electronics

I've noticed that the quality of consumer electronics is on the decline.

I've gone through two $40 DVD players in the last year. Both failed. Before that I purchased a state of the art player in 2003 that went out after about 4 years of use.

I bought a $50 VCR that was junk from day 1. I bet we didn't get 100 hours of play on it before it started eating tapes.

I've gone through 2 DVR's lately. The Tivo worked pretty good for about 4 years before it failed. It was replaced by a DirecTV DVR, that is defective.

Regular DirecTV receivers have failed, too.

I sort of understand the cheap stuff failing, but it's not like you can buy a $200 non-Blue-Ray DVD player anymore. It's like they took the technology form 5 years ago and are making that unit super cheap, but unreliable. I'd pay $100 for a reliable unit that would last for 10 years. But that's not available.

Even components that cost around $200 don't seem to last more than a few years.

I know that electronics can be built to last. I have a stero receiver that I bought in 1978 that still works. I have a rear projection TV system that is going on 7 years without problems (I know one of the color guns is going to fail any time now). The TV I bought before that lasted 20 years of everyday service, and still works. My laptops have been pretty reliable in heavy use.

Really pisses me off.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:07 PM   #2
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My sister has gone through like three iPods. I'm still rocking a Nomad Jukebox from like, seven years ago.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:41 PM   #3
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My old Onkyo receiver from 1980....tank works like a dream..... The newer integrate 5.1 one well not so much. Powerstrike didn't help.

I still think it's hit or miss, old one actually has less playing time on it.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:50 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:54 PM   #5
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:00 PM   #6
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #7
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:12 PM   #8
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My sister has gone through like three iPods. I'm still rocking a Nomad Jukebox from like, seven years ago.
I've haven't seen anything like that from ipods. She must be doing something.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:14 PM   #9
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:15 PM   #10
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:16 PM   #11
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I've haven't seen anything like that from ipods. She must be doing something.
iPods are shit. I could probably knock someone out with my Nomad and it would be OK.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:12 PM   #12
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It's called "keep the customers coming back" Nothing is built to last anymore because they want you buying more.

If a product fails on me, I am much less likely to buy from that manufacturer again though. I'll be waiting a lot longer to buy when the next gen of consoles comes, that is for certain. At least from M$.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:09 PM   #13
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The quality hasn't changed, you just have much more opportunity to see something fail and the product failures stand out much more in your mind than the successes.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:24 PM   #14
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It's called "keep the customers coming back" Nothing is built to last anymore because they want you buying more.

If a product fails on me, I am much less likely to buy from that manufacturer again though. I'll be waiting a lot longer to buy when the next gen of consoles comes, that is for certain. At least from M$.
If you wait long enough the kids can buy it themselves. Me thinks that is a good idea.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:39 PM   #15
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If you wait long enough the kids can buy it themselves. Me thinks that is a good idea.
With the money you gave them right? heh

I was just thinking I may not even have to worry about the next xbox and PS4 but then remembered we will still have 3 more kids at home.
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