Who is responsible for the irrational quantity of electronic waste? Why the usual lifetime of an electronic device doesn't reach nor ten years? If the price is fair, then how some companies could have billions in earnings so quickly?
Personal computers, gaming consoles, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, ...; thousand million of sales each year and for sure, these devices don't last forever. With the lucrative interest that forgets honor and respect even toward the habitat and others, it appeared a new form of engineering based in to ensure that the device will fail in some years. Any person with expertise in electronics, specially who repairs them, knows several of these tricks. Sadly, the population could be a bit abstracted about how different companies do employ this fraud as a business technique.
Another example of the opposite of fair trade, is when a software manufacturer uses methods to consume available resources like memory or processor time. It creates the sensation in users that the device is old, slow, and needs to be replaced. That's incorrect, or in other words, a lucrative lie. If hardware is sold, software too, and then it comes the revenue.
Also there's who gives operating systems with amazing specs in resource consumption for free, but it needs expensive hardware, with more memory and processor speed the next release.
The problem is when some specialists identify that kind of techniques (also those that track users and their private actions) that aren't discussed openly and share it with the public or even the justice court, as it happened multiple times because numerous users know how to discover it.
Several sources are mentioning that some electronic devices have a production price five times lower than the selling one. Economists are habitually educated to believe that when a unit is being sold nice, the price must be raised instead of thinking in the economic life of who purchases it.
Now, in the middle of the fashion, smartphones sold at $1000 or 800 euros? Then, how Chinese manufacturers create clones at eight times less? An example of what's happening, and if this is not enough, they last some years because someone did think on it, selecting pieces with a definite lifetime, specially electrolytic capacitors.
Perhaps the better method to know if the selling price was fair, is to look in earnings per year. That could be applied to the small and the big company.
It's curious how manufacturers did not invest too much on finding electronic parts that could guarantee a working device in thousand years. Some prefer to smile and look to their earning figures without thinking in Nature's setbacks, e-waste, air pollution, climate change, ..., casualties from it and other realities.
That's how the history was written until today, but fortunately not everyone shares the same. To all of you, the truth is the main ally for placing anyone when it deserves.