Unfortunately, it's as other posters have stated.
In today's economy, and since profit is the lifeblood of commerce (without profit, there's no point in staying in business, 'cos it's not going to pay for itself!), and with more and more companies starting up, well.....
More companies means more competition. Okay, that's good for the consumer; but each company wants you to use its product. At one time, this would have meant building a superior product; but nowadays (In the interests of keeping outlay as low as possible) they will design a product that's just good enough to attract folks to it (and make them want to come back for more).....and design it to fail after a limited period of time, so that you buy new again.
It's called 'planned obsolescence'.....the process of making sure your customers keep on buying again & again, on a very regular basis.
Ranchhand is right. Both my machines are well over 12 years old; one is a 13-yr old Compaq Presario desktop, built just before HP took them over. The graphics chip still gives a pin-sharp picture, and there isn't a single capacitor on the board that's bulging or crooked, and every one is still tight to the board. Compaq used to supply the business community, who didn't want fancy stuff; the one thing they were interested in was long-term, rock-solid reliability. And Compaq delivered.
My other is an even older Dell Inspiron laptop; an original 1100, from 2002/3. That thing's built like a tank; it's been dropped, had I don't know how many drinks spilt on it, my various nieces/nephews have all pounded hell out of it when they were little.....it just keeps chugging along. I'm very impressed with Dell..!
But both of these were built at a time when firms were still more interested in attracting new customers than they were in simply milking existing ones for all they could. And the market hadn't grown quite so blasé & jaded as it is now.....
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 06 January 2017 - 05:15 AM.
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