Snow Shovels and Planned Obsolescence

February 26, 2011

the economy, thrift, winter

The Husband and I are rather sensitive to planned obsolescence. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see this post I wrote, Watch This Stuff. It’s a real eye opener!

Planned obsolescence is that deliberate scheme by a manufacturer to intentionally build a product that will become obsolete or nonfunctional after a period of time. I know you’ve encountered planned obsolescence. If you are older than 40 years old, you remember the good old days where if the toaster or VCR or RV or umbrella broke, you’d fix it, not throw it in the trash because it was unfixable. Well, manufacturers make things deliberately unfixable. That’s called “planned obsolescence.” And we just added another product to the list: the snow shovel.

Show shovels are PRICEY. And they do not last very long, either. The handles are pretty sturdy– and The Hubs loves the fancy handles with the thick spongy neoprene on them– these handles don’t hurt his back and give him superior grip. But the scoops of these shovels break. Like, after a few weeks! :-p The scoops are flimsy plastic.

My husband likes his fancy handle, so he attempted to remove the flimsy plastic scoop from the nice handle, and replace the scoop. No can do. The manufacturer glued and pinned and bolted and sealed it together. You have to buy a completely new shovel, another $35, please.

UGH.

That’s just wrong.

Oh well, spring is coming, spring is coming! I know it is! :D

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2 Responses to “Snow Shovels and Planned Obsolescence”

  1. Karen and Gerard Says:

    Gerard has finally decided we should get a snow blower for next year before he breaks his back shoveling.

  2. Rena Says:

    I have been thinking about this myself lately. I usually never throw out anything unless it can’t be fixed. I love second hand stuff. Well, many of the things that I have now, the parts for them are no longer made. Wahhhh!! So, if they break, I will be forced to buy new.

    Grrr!! I feel your pain!