Over the years, products and services are born, live a short life and then die. This is the world of the technological world. Even on the launch date, their epitaph is already written—its called Planned obsolescence.
For an industry planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence stimulates demand by encouraging purchasers to buy again sooner, if they still want a functioning product.
Built-in obsolescence is in many different products, from vehicles to light bulbs, from buildings to software. There is, however, the potential backlash of consumers who learn that the manufacturer invested money to make the product obsolete faster; such consumers might turn to a producer (if any exists) that offers a more durable alternative.
There are however, some products and services that refuse to go along with the concept of planned obsolescence. For example take a look at the following products:
- dot-matrix printers
- 3.5″ floppy disks
- Zip disks
- Lotus 1–2–3
- After Dark
Using General Douglas MacArthur’s words, “all soldiers never die, they just fade away”, these products and services just hang in there defying time. They stay on the market—even though they haven’t been updated in years. Or their names get slapped on new products that are available only outside the U.S. Or obsessive fans refuse to accept that they’re obsolete–long after the rest of the world has moved on.
I remember that the Apple II-e was on the chopping block many times and its head was cut off by Apple honchos; however it always came back because the public would replace the head back again. It happened over and over again. It was a product that was hard to kill. The general public resisted to accept its death for a long time.
Do you know of any services or products that could be added to the previous list? I’m sure you do. Good Day.
Source: Where are They Now? 25 Computer Products That Refuse to Die – Harry McCracken, Technologizer