Designed for Obsolescence

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I’ve gone through a number of headsets, including my secret weapon for voice calls. iFixit and other sites do a great job of tearing down products to understand their repairability. It seems that for many very expensive products, there’s no path to repair.

With the exception of cell phone screens, you’re kind of out of luck if you drop these. Other products follow like headphones, tablets, charges, and Roombas.

For someone who can manage work flow well, there’s a growing business to be had here. The key is being able to turnaround a repair quickly. If something can be done within about the same time frame as ordering a new product, then it makes sense to go through the hassle of having to ship something somewhere. It’d sure save a lot of landfill space.

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