I'm only posting this to point out an inaccurate statement in this article:
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She goes on to talk about some washer, Vizio TV's, some appiances and Lumix camera's.In my family, there's a grand old tradition in which we threaten to fill each others' Christmas stockings with coal -- the implication being that we've all been very wicked. But I'm starting to think that coal isn't a bad gift at all. For one thing, it lasts forever. And while it doesn't play mp3s or grate carrots three different ways, coal never requires obscure replacement parts available only through membership in a secret society.
Of course, what we're really talking about here is the frustrations of those perennial holiday gifts: gadgets and appliances. Lately, device makers seem to be outdoing each other in their creative approaches to planned obsolescence. Roaming store aisles, it's easy to come up with a list of gifts that qualify as the new lump of coal:
But my beef is this bit about the PS3:
Uhm, my PS3 remote takes AA batteries and they have yet to run out. My guess is the reporter has some kind of Sony bias.Sony PlayStation 3
It's all fun and games until the battery dies. Unlike its competitors, which use replaceable AA batteries, the PS3's remote control is glued shut. When the battery goes, Sony customers have to blow $55 on a new controller. Sony says there's an "environmental benefit" since gamers don't have to toss their batteries on a regular basis, but Isidor Buchmann, president of battery-equipment maker Cadex Electronics, says captive batteries are becoming common because it's cheaper for companies to eliminate the battery housing and hatch.
And the thing about the Vizio TV's is also a joke. If your TV breaks a year after you get it, you don't take it to the store. You have to go back to the manufacturer.