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Built-in Obsolescence on BBC TV

The BBC is currently showing a series about consumer culture and the planned obselescence that is built in to consumer products to make them fail prematurely so that consumers are forced to buy a new one. The humble electric toothbrush gets a mention in episode 1, along with lightbulbs and printer cartridges. Read more about […]

Why Isn’t It Easier to Replace a Toothbrush Battery?

Why do manufacturers make it difficult to replace the battery in your electric toothbrush? Braun Oral-B, Philips Sonicare, Colgate (the new player in the market) and others could make it a lot easier to change the rechargeable battery in your electric toothbrush once it stops holding a charge for more than a day. A simple, […]