What happened to stuff that lasts?

christmas tree

When we were first together, my husband and I traveled to much to get a Christmas tree. We would get a small little tree from the Salvation Army and return it to them when moved again.

After a bad pine-needles-everywhere experience, I finally made peace with a fake Christmas tree… so we went to Target to buy a fake tree.

It came with lights built in and after using it for two Christmases, all of the lights have burned out except for the bottom third. I remember re-using the same strand for years after years as a kid — so it makes me quite sad to see how flimsy everything — even Christmas — has gotten.

Even some of the appliances we bought at our wedding a few years ago have already broken. What happened to quality things? I understand that companies make more money from constantly breaking things, but when do consumers stand up and demand better? Should we really be throwing out all of this junk when it doesn’t have to be that way?

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

4 thoughts on “What happened to stuff that lasts?

  1. To be fair, your all-natural pine tree broke down so much that it literally fell apart :)

    I know what you mean though. When I was a kid my dad would ask me, whenever I wanted to buy something, if it would be “durable.” He wanted to make sure I was buying toys that would last. Nowadays I don’t know of very many things, from toys to appliances, that would fall under that definition :(

  2. I think the most surprising thing about all of this is that people just accept that things break now. I don’t understand why we don’t demand durable goods.

  3. First time posting on this or any site. I have been writing a class paper on modern quality, and so have been thinking much on this topic. Sadly I have no answers just a lot of frustration. I buy a $100 mouse that only last a few months, $200 headphones that last about the same, and do not get me started on clothes how they last weeks if I am lucky… I still have toys from my youth that are fully functional. Why is it that the more technological we become as a society the more we seem to fall back on a “throw away” economy? I feel that we can do much better than this as a nation. Go back to the life time warranty. I say this not because it should be cheep to replace, but because we have such pride in our creation that it rarely or never brakes in the first place… I want to buy something that lasts, something that I can say go to them for they really know how to make something right.

    • Thanks for the comment. I think you made an interesting point about taking “pride in your creation.” Maybe if we all tried to do that a bit more, fewer things would break.

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