Philips Coffee Maker

When you pick up a coffee maker like this from the void deck, you know even before you test it out that it is in working condition.

How do you know?

Well, for one thing, it’s a Philips. Their appliances tend to be very reliable. For another thing, you can gauge the age of this appliance by how yellowed the white parts are. This is clearly made in the 1980s. And appliances made in the 1980s work 99% of the time when you find them, assuming that it still looks fine.

This goes for toasters, hair dryers, irons, whatever. Why?

Because back in the 1980s, they made things to last. If you find an appliance made after 2000, you can’t be sure it works. Nowadays, because of our throwaway culture, things are not made to last. It’s planned obsolescence, which generates higher long-term sales volume.

In other words, for businesses to make more money out of consumers, they no longer make things to last. And this practice creates much more waste for the environment.

Also, this coffee maker was made in Singapore.


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