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They don't build 'em like they used to. - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
They don't build 'em like they used to.
I bought the missus some headphones today (Happy Friday dear!) from Dixons.

The last time I bought headphones I was offered insurance (for a tenner!) that lasted 3 years.  At any time during those three years if the headphones stopped working I could get a replacement pair.

Of late I have spent quite a bit of money on headphones as they are always coming apart.  I thought a tenner was a bit steep - but new headphones at £35 a pop it seemed like it might be worth it.  It was - within a year one of the ear buds stopped working and I got a replacement.

I enquired at the shop today if they were still offering insurance on their headphones... the answer was no.  Seems it was too expensive!  Using dodgy math - that means that more than 1 in 3 people get replacement earphones at least once in the three year period!  If true - that is a shocking statistic.  I would expect something costing £35 to last a bit longer than that.  It seems we really do live in a throw away society, and as my dad would say - they don't build 'em like they used to.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: R.E.M. - Be Mine

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daz71 From: daz71 Date: February 25th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
My wife seems to get through a pair of headphones each year. If the ear parts don't physically come off of the head band then we get cable breakdown and one channel or the other goes quiet.

I've had the same pair of headphones for at least five years. I let my 16 year old use my computer once and he complains that "the headphones are broken". Sure enough the left ear has broken off of the head band and the right channel has gone silent.

Back in the Tandy days headphones used to be big, heavy with a metal band across the head, spring twisted cable and a huge 1/4 inch plug. In the move to miniturisation we've ended up with plastic head bands which stretch over time, 10m long cable which, no matter how you route it, ends up under the wheels of your chair and a general product life of about a year.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

from ear to now

In my days ear phones were huge brass trumpets you put to your ear.Virtually indestructable, the only drawback was no matter how hard you tried, they just wouldn't fit in your pocket.Plus Health and Safety Decreed when in public places you couldn't turn round quickly.
From: ommoht Date: February 28th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


One of the earpieces on my £35 headphones that were less than 2 years old has stopped working. They're obviuosly not the most durable form of electronic hardware.
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