In the day when you bought something, there wasn't a built-in obsolescence. Things were made to last AND when they did break down or a part wore out, it could be repaired.Socks were darned (confession- never done it, don't know how), shoes repaired, torn clothing mended. When your vehicle experienced trouble or needed a tune-up, a handy amateur mechanic could to it himself. Plumbing? Wiring for electricity? Overhauling an engine? My Dad did many of these things. Now we throw "stuff" out when we are done with it or tired of it. To clean now, rather than use an old rag, from the clothes that aren't worth mending any more, there's Swiffer. Use it once and discard it. Paper plates, plastic cutlery, packaging on goods you don't need out the, excuse the phrase, ying-yang. Landfills overflow and even when you do want to keep something, sometimes you just can't. I am whining about my printer again. It will go to be recycled BUT there's nothing wrong with it except that Windows 10 doesn't like it. I chose the picture of the high-heeled shoe because, in the day, I wore heels a lot. (I used to be a lot more glamourous.) And perfectly good shoes would have ruined heels from stepping onto grates, etc. There was a wonderful shop in town, run by a Chinese gentlemen, who fixed the lifts (on the heel) for a dollar. He could repair leather handbags, straps on luggage, etc. Stepping through the door was stepping back in time. The rich, deep odour of leather and polish, the gentle burr of his sewing machine. He worked for many years before retiring; local lore says he was over 80. Of course, no one bought the business, and now shoes can't be repaired.
Appliances are designed to crater just after the warranty expires. Cars, trucks, vans are constantly recalled for things that need fixing. If you get tired of trying to have something repaired, aren't you going to give up and replace it?? Built-in obsolescence. I love it. Almost as much as I love shopping.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.