France Obsolete Appliances

A customer looks at a washing machine and other home appliances on display, Monday, March 2, 2015 in the French department store in Paris. France is ordering manufacturers to admit upfront how long a TV, cell phone or other appliance will last. A new French government measure that came into effect this month aims at tackling a phenomenon known as planned obsolescence. Many companies intentionally design appliances to last a limited amount of time, so that consumers will have to buy new ones. (AP Photo / Jacques Brinon)

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