Why Old Items Last Longer
Have you ever noticed how old items seem to be much more durable and long-lasting than their modern made counterparts? We certainly have! In a world where planned obsolescence has become the norm, it’s fascinating to think about the question of why old items last longer.
What is planned obsolescence?
Planned obsolescence refers to the practice of initially designing, manufacturing and distributing products with a limited lifespan or predetermined point of failure. This is a strategy implanted to encourage consumers to replace their existing products with new ones, boosting profits year on year by also stimulating waste.
Manufacturers realised that building products to break meant they could generate repeated business. To achieve this effect, low-quality components or non-replaceable batteries were introduced.
It is an unethical practice that prioritises short-term gains over long-term sustainability.
How this make old items so much better
Before the boom of the industrial revolution, the thought of designing a product to break was absurd. Greater importance was placed on the long-term value. Older generations understood the importance of buying items that would stand the test of time. Therefore, these are the products that were successful and were then produced.
Why products that have stood the test of time are better
One of the primary reasons old items tend to last longer is the quality of the raw materials they were produced with. In the past, craftsmanship and durability were highly valued. Additionally, the process to make chapter materials were not as advanced as they are today. This is why you see vintage cars and furniture alike being made with materials that can stand the test of time.
The fact that dressers from the Victorian period are still being used to furnish homes across the country today tells you all you need to know about the quality of these pieces. The mass-produced items of today simply cannot compete with the meticulously crafted pieces of the past.
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If you are interested in finding out for yourself why old items last longer, feel free to get in touch. We are located in Stonegate, East Sussex, TN5 7EF. Therefore, if this is not for you, you’re able to browse through the rest of our stock yourself. Please check our opening times to make sure you’re not disappointed to find us closed.
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