Violation Type:Lifespan Shortening

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Violation Type
OBSLIFE

Lifespan Shortening


An organization deliberately makes engineering changes to a product so as to shorten its lifespan in the hope of generating increased sales.

This was known to occur with lightbulbs in the 1930s; look up the 'Lightbulb Conspiracy'. Companies may also attempt to reduce the variability of product lifespan to increase conformance with their desired drop-dead point. In some cases this may be extremely successful.