This is why we can't have nice things

26.03.2021 г.
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This video is about stuff: light bulbs, printers, phones and why they aren't better. Go to and use code VERITASIUM to get a 2-year plan plus 1 additional month with a huge discount. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!
The Man in the White Suit -
London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. -
Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press -
Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. -
Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel -
The Light Bulb Conspiracy -
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Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
Edited by Derek Muller
Video supplied by Getty Images
Music by Jonny Hyman and from"Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"
Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

  • Pure capitalism and free market ideals do work when properly implemented, and companies are fully subject to the downfalls that beset them. Not when corporate free for all’s , and “to big to fail” protections and bailouts are all but guarantied by the government.

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    Gsiwytw XhsuwyhsGsiwytw Xhsuwyhsпреди 8 минути
  • Interesting how I still have to replace LED bulbs fairly regularly.

    James SpurJames Spurпреди 11 минути
  • Who is John Galt?

    FLIP !FLIP !преди 22 минути
  • Thanks Capitalism!

    Lucas WalkerLucas Walkerпреди 30 минути
  • Very nice vid!

    FreezeeFreezeeпреди 34 минути
  • So GM is the inventor of custom skins? Insane.

    PeterPeterпреди 36 минути
  • I'm ok with this. I like new shiny things

    Linda ScoonLinda Scoonпреди 43 минути
  • are hard to find but worth it every time . We are slaves to the things we own .

    niduoe streniduoe streпреди 51 минута
  • Really fantastic episode. My thoughts for consumers: if there is a clear technologic monopoly (one company or several conspiring together as in the Pheobus cartel), they are only incentivized to worsen their product as their only competition is themselves. However, they did not begin that way. As a consumer, it is important we recognize when this inflection point occurs. When product quality begins to diminish for profit. I think about my own experience buying the original Google Pixel in 2016 after having an iPhone for several years. They were innovative with unlimited cloud storage for photos, incredible facial recognition software to organize photos and search, and also it was deeply integrated into my google account for my own personal interests. Within a year, Apple had implemented many of these same technologies, and both phones, to me, were comparable. I decided to buy a Pixel 3 two years later, developing a bit of a brand loyalty after being happy with the original Pixel and the innovation had waned by that point. They had a market and no longer needed to compete as much. Recently I was notified that the cloud storage for photos will no longer be unlimited and the forced obsolescence, in terms of software, is beginning. If you are a consumer, recognize when a company is moving in this trend with a product and look for the smaller companies that have reasons to innovate and offer better products.

    Devin YoungDevin Youngпреди 53 минути
  • If you ever used a LED light bulb, you know they are rubbish and just fail as regular as an incandescent light bulb!

    Thomas WernerThomas Wernerпреди час
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    Debra JamesDebra Jamesпреди час
    • At 09:32, I live on that road. The Raglan wharf itself has been redeveloped, but enough remains to give a sense of the heritage of that part of the canalside industry that was o

      niduoe streniduoe streпреди 51 минута
  • Wow the production quality is increasing year by year. Content - The best as always.

    AshishAshishпреди час
  • You missed that LED is deadly to life.

    kuatum Poolekuatum Pooleпреди час
  • Printers!

    Vin MVin Mпреди час
  • This is the same story with tires

    Leon SandroLeon Sandroпреди час
  • try getting an LED supplier to replace an LED bulb if it goes wrong, some things never change (but lightbulbs do)

    Brian EvolvedBrian Evolvedпреди час
  • 2020 LEFT ME FEELING VIOLATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. This just provides the link to the corporate cartels that also work behind the scenes to screw the people over. I love this video.

    CIA1776CIA1776преди час
  • If I’m not mistaken the man in the white suit is basically what happened to crocs

    liquidwombatliquidwombatпреди час
  • I'm so glad I learned about planned/engineered/dynamic obsolescence in school way back when I was 15, I haven't purchased an iPhone since.

    Vinnie DavisVinnie Davisпреди час
  • Why not? If you were older you would know that EVERYTHING use to last longer. Except cars that were produced by the "big three".

    Mike MakuhMike Makuhпреди 2 часа
  • I just bought a new iPad - My trash can is full now with boxes and packing material. Good job Tim Apple.

    Jim ScimonettiJim Scimonettiпреди 2 часа
  • I guess that happens a lot with motherboards. I had 3 that broke next month after guarantee end

    NikkosNikkosпреди 2 часа
  • Thanks, again. I willl spread it among my friend. We have to increase global conscience. Even the discussion is still open. I fell there is a programmed obsolence from current leds lamps, up to th energy sources. Infinite energy supply is closer; Is this better for humans? Why not? Water was almost abundant and was not a problem in the past.

    Elkin HenaoElkin Henaoпреди 2 часа
  • always stick out till the end to see his creative plot of product placement :)

    Stupidly CleverStupidly Cleverпреди 3 часа
  • Glad to hear that someone on the internet still knows the difference between the word conspiracy and the phrase conspiracy theory. Millions of idiots (pim tool for example) do NOT understand this.

    ORIONORIONпреди 3 часа
  • The right to repair is for the farmers who aren't allowed to use another person who isn't part of the company that sold the machine to repair the tractors they bought and the expense of returning a very large and important machine especially during harvest times

    Kevin LeeKevin Leeпреди 3 часа
  • At 09:32, I live on that road. The Raglan wharf itself has been redeveloped, but enough remains to give a sense of the heritage of that part of the canalside industry that was once there. Wood and timber was the main commodity of the wharfs of that area as south Hackney was predominantly dominated by the cabinet making and other woodwork production of the time. Great to see a snippet of the past related to an area I have lived in all my life.

    Stu leeStu leeпреди 3 часа
  • The Pharmaceutical Cartel The biggest of them all!!!

    TecunUman TonatiuTecunUman Tonatiuпреди 3 часа
  • Glass VS Plastic

    PhauxtoNPhauxtoNпреди 3 часа
  • Lets be honest everything is controlled and has been since day one

    chris Castlechris Castleпреди 4 часа
  • We've been fighting consumerism for almost 100 yrs. a very complex problem can't be just turn on a dime. The key is self awareness and what is needed not wanted out of life. Bling or solid personal growth. You pick. (Btw another solid vid. Always refreshing when intuitions are backed by historical and scientific facts. Much appreciated )

    Henri NathsHenri Nathsпреди 4 часа
  • It’s called the “Meeseeks method”... well that guy over there is charging me a bill...well THAT guy overTHERE is charging ME a bill ! well because THAT GUY is charging MEE a bill?!?...

    BenBenпреди 4 часа
  • And here I am with my 12 years old car since day one and my 8 years old smartphone.

    dardoukLYSdardoukLYSпреди 4 часа
  • It's greed, pure and simple.

    WilliamWilliamпреди 4 часа
  • I think living conditions for people would probably be twice as better then they are now at least if it weren't for planned obsolescence. It might be good for the few, but in exchange everyone else pays the price of falling closer to poverty, while using resource, while generating waste, thus creating a worse living circumstance. I get there will always be bad parts to the world too - but what is the point in being a part of the world when you know your actions aee actively making things worse - I don't believe for even a second this stopped any depression- it might hold it off for awhile, but this makes everything worse lol.

    RustyRustyпреди 4 часа
  • Capitalism. Great.

    Hape MeatbeatHape Meatbeatпреди 5 часа
  • You'd be surprised how many secret meetings happened in the early 1900s that subsequently changed the course of Humanity for ultimate enslavement. To start, search for the Titanic and the creation of the Federal Reserve.

    E CE Cпреди 5 часа
  • For believers proof is not necessary ... for non-believers proof is never good enough or "impossible" ... BOTH believers & non-believers suk! ... Because they want everything to be spoon-fed to them! ... It takes more effort to go beyond the conditioning (for or against). I avoid the use of the word "believe" for a very good reason ... I rather consider ... or I know ... or I am aware ... or I have experienced ... etc. etc. ... (believe systems often begs to be corrected) ... the moment some one asks you: "Do you beLIEve?" it is a MIND TRAP to lure you in to assuming that there is "nothing" to know or to experience. Am not seeking agreement ... nor the opposite ... as long as I stay in my own integrity and self-honesty ... we all have to deal with (partial altered) perceptions ... with many assumptions that are based upon what has been spoon-fed to all of us in a certain way ... Letting go of the "need for agreement" is very liberating and still respecting other points of view! ... Nobody has "all the right answers" and nobody has all the "wrong answers" either. There a lot people who want to control the narrative fanatically (left & right). This extreme need to force one-sided thinking is often a sign of severe insecurity. Real Honest Conspiracy Researchers studies Proven Conspiracy Facts and sometimes have "Theories" about KNOWN liars mixed with hard evidence of corruption, colluding, deceptions etc. To label some one "Conspiracy Theorists" is to falsely assume that some one "only" cooks up "theories". This need to control the narrative by MSM is part of mass dumbing down of a nation! Look up the word "Conspiracy" in any (LAW) Dictionary ... then ask yourself is that "science fiction"? ... When 2 or more people prepare to commit a crime or to do harm is that so "far fetched"? ... What MSM tries to do is you to be associated with certain people that are FAR from being a true researchers or being an honest conspiracy analyst. The reason MSM never can share an honest representation of that what they attack is because they assume most will not verify their own sold claims & judgemental assumptions to them! So they count on you being lazy! cheers. John Kuhles aka ExomatrixTV

    John KuhlesJohn Kuhlesпреди 5 часа
  • Thing about conspiracy theories is...people conspire. And by definition, they try to hide it. While you should certainly expect evidence before coming to conclusions, it seems the negative connotations surrounding "conspiracy theorists" are largely unjustified.

    Zach DuganZach Duganпреди 5 часа
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  • Custom make is the key for long product life.

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    Deborah bruneDeborah bruneпреди 5 часа
  • Fun fact: The lightbulb in the firestation outlived multiple webcams which were livestreaming the bulb

    Olcay SözenOlcay Sözenпреди 5 часа
  • Because you break them, I had to take them Awaaaaaaaaay im sorry

    nonoпреди 5 часа
  • About 3.4k rich businessmen disliked that.

    Gabriel BorgesGabriel Borgesпреди 5 часа
  • LED bulbs are actually NOT eco friendly. They contain lead and nickel, arsenic, copper, and other metals. Use and disposal of LEDs present health risks. It is suggested that , gloves and masks or special broom should be used when cleaning up broken bulbs! Not disposed of in conventional landfills.

    PaulaPaulaпреди 6 часа
  • "antiquated model" ?? so say the dinasours

    Leslie PiperLeslie Piperпреди 6 часа
  • Imagine how inefficient that lightbulb in itd energy usage.

    firebirdcasfirebirdcasпреди 6 часа
  • And if you're like me you're entire home is Philips hue and you can't help but upgrade to the next version 12 months down the line.

    Simply ElectronicsSimply Electronicsпреди 6 часа
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      Mika de GroteMika de Groteпреди 3 часа
    • I manage, and there's nothing special about me.

      Richard ResterRichard Resterпреди 4 часа
  • Phoebus Cartel, is the deal made by the deep state of American government.

    Radar LongRadar Longпреди 6 часа
  • With the LED lightbulb it is not true, because the drivers die too soon, manufacturers use intentionaly bad components or the worst posible solder. Also the RoHS helps it a lot. Solder without Pb is much easier to crack and wear down quickly due to heat from components.

    Petr KratochvílPetr Kratochvílпреди 6 часа
  • The materials is very similar to a documentary names "the light bulb conspiracy". Except leaner in details.

    Nasseh KhodaieNasseh Khodaieпреди 6 часа
  • Brilliantly done. 🥰A privilege to view your videos. Thank you:)))

    Desert DoveDesert Doveпреди 6 часа
  • I think some COB/chip on board LED lights I bought a few years ago were rated to last up to 50k hours. The light to heat ratio is also a lot more efficient. There are some good vids about cob lights on youtube

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    Vault SpplyVault Spplyпреди 8 часа
  • So much waste from planned obsolescence 😕. Like there's an annoying problem with my speakers where they hum but since I'm not that good at electronics there's little chance of me successfully repairing that.

    FastertrackFastertrackпреди 8 часа
  • I had to replace 4 led bulbs during the last 2 years. In all cases the driver asic has died. They deliberately design the driver circuit to overheat and die in a year. It looks like planned obsolescence.

    Zorro ZalaiZorro Zalaiпреди 8 часа
  • This should be called "the toxic psychology of industry and consumer"

    William PedersenWilliam Pedersenпреди 8 часа
  • Honest question Did anyone not know this before the video? No judgement, just curious

    Bob byBob byпреди 8 часа
  • 14:21 - 14:24 Thank me later

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    Mr MossMr Mossпреди 9 часа
  • A thorough study of every profit amassing models would reveal a conspiracy. Even the concern for privacy that pushes us for VPN!!!

  • The statement about LED light is not true either sadly. Ever heard of the Dubai Lamp? Big Clive reviewed them on his channel and its clear the rest (ours) are engineered to fail. Cheers

    darksideXdarksideXпреди 10 часа
  • LED bulbs last about 2 years. Problem is not light element itself but electronics inside bulb is made weak. Purposely of course.

    Inducto ServiceInducto Serviceпреди 10 часа
  • The cartel is still alive and well. Remember "The Button" Incandescent Light Bulb Saver? Is it a coincidence that those are no longer being manufactured? I think not! This type of cartel cronyism rules the world!

    N01SplN01Splпреди 10 часа
  • "replacement is better than repair". I guess no one is focused on saving resources and businesses just want profit.

    Gowtham KGowtham Kпреди 10 часа
  • If I recall correctly from the first time I read about this, the original meaning of planned obsolescence was the last one: to create the urge on consumers to buy the greatest and latest even if they didn’t need it so there was no need to design lasting products anyway. I reckon what Apple did with batteries wasn’t exactly planned obsolescence as it was straight up fraud. That being said, I understand that the meaning can change over time and making things harder to repair (soldered memories, glued batteries, serialized components...) can definitely qualify as planned obsolescence without being fraudulent...yet :)

    tresemestresemesпреди 10 часа
  • Is it me or has he been working out?😳💪

    Brian MBrian Mпреди 10 часа
  • A different iPhone comes out every year only because there are customers which don't know how to spend their money except by buying a 1300$ MOBILE PHONE which does not do anything more than a 2012 model. I saw people with no job, asking for a basic income from the government, buying the latest iPhone only to show it and elevate themselves to a.. I don't know. But hey, if I were Apple or any other company who has a bunch of idiots buying my 'new' product every year for more than A THOUSAND DOLLARS each I would definitely go on. It's the same in politics: if I'm a politician and I see that making stupid, empty, popular speeches filled by stereotypes, or semi-racist points, or any sh*t you can think of, and I still get 30% or 40% or more, I would definitely keep on that way. I would not be the stupidest there.

    Alessandro PolesAlessandro Polesпреди 10 часа
  • I toured a cave at Jenolan Caves (west of Sydney, Australia) about 20 years ago. The tour guide pointed out a light bulb that was one of the first installed in any cave around the world. He pointed out that while the light bulb was still working, the company that manufactured it wasn't...

    Eddie CochraneEddie Cochraneпреди 10 часа
  • We can't have efficient, good quality products in a capitalist system. Things are designed to fail.

    Hugh McHugh Mcпреди 11 часа
  • In dubai you can only have Phillips 60w incandescent lightbulbs .

    Alan HazardAlan Hazardпреди 11 часа
  • Durability is bad for business.

    Vu MeVu Meпреди 11 часа
  • fire station 6 is right down the street from me!! I can't believe you came into my "small" town haha

  • Dude doesn’t understand fashion...

    Peter SuwaraPeter Suwaraпреди 11 часа
  • Nope. I was forced to switch to LED bulbs some years ago and turns out, I had to change the MORE often than when I was using filament ones.

    Lin LimLin Limпреди 11 часа
  • now i want to make a lightbulb company and try to make the longest lasting lightbulbs because that seems like the best idea for cucking big companies and helping people

    HotBowlHotBowlпреди 12 часа
  • Lightbulbs latest A LOT longer if you never turn them off. But you do turn them off then on then.....

    Nelsonomics RunsNelsonomics Runsпреди 12 часа
  • Furniture used to be all wood and would last a lifetime. It would even be past on to the children. Nowadays, people need a "makeover" every 5 years. It's marketing and the media driving these things. People need to be less empty-minded and shallow but they are kept dumb on purpose. Divide et empera.

    Ikea LampIkea Lampпреди 12 часа
  • Light bulbs? What about the medical profession and the drug industry?

    Yourdeadmeat69Yourdeadmeat69преди 12 часа
  • Should more be like why we can't have nice things for ever

    Anand PavithranAnand Pavithranпреди 12 часа
  • On the one hand companies have to recoup the costs of research and development, and some would say they have the responsibility to provide jobs to keep the economy going, and not to mention the responsibility they have to keep investors happy. But on the other hand it seems like such a damn waste to use resources in anything less than the most efficient way possible. What about the responsibility they owe to consumers? Not to mention the fact that we all collectively share the rather limited resources on Earth, and should all have a collective say in how they are used

    BACHOMPBACHOMPпреди 12 часа
  • This is why we have a problem with old tires .... I remember in the 70s the front tire on a motorcycle would usually crack and split from age before the thread wore out. Now they last only a slightly longer than the back tire , which used to last about 20,000 - 25,000 miles or more but now only last 6000 to 10000 . Same with cars except there is a long range tire option if you want to spend crazy money for them . Meanwhile we have billions of tires polluting the planet and spreading diseases from all the mosquitos they breed ....

    thefreese1thefreese1преди 13 часа
  • I have never bought an LED lightbulb that lasted longer than a year...

    AldrnariAldrnariпреди 13 часа
  • Great video! Thanks.

    jinacisvetjinacisvetпреди 13 часа
  • Planned obsolescence increases carbon emissions. Right to repair reduces landfill and reduces carbon emissions manufacturing replacements, actually this whole Great Reset, Green new deal, replacing ICE vehicles with EV's and eventually hydrogen cars is all planned ecological obsolescence.

    Neville TaylorNeville Taylorпреди 13 часа
  • mRNA Vaccines, planned obsolescence for humanity?

    Neville TaylorNeville Taylorпреди 13 часа
  • So why does Microsoft pop into my head while I'm listening to this?

    Neville TaylorNeville Taylorпреди 13 часа
  • If 1 moth passes after purchase of Northvpn, the customer service doesn't care if problem is solved or not. Since purchase cannot be returned , they do not mind. Obsolescence?

    Gürhan PekuzGürhan Pekuzпреди 13 часа
  • See we actually have knowledge of so many other technologies and better options but corporate greed overrules those as viable options. We need to try and insist on these as consumers. But what other options do we have until we can obtain those options? It's a vicious circle. It's all messed up!

    Grow with NatureGrow with Natureпреди 13 часа
  • They actually had a cartel for light bulbs. I wonder how many beheadings they did

    Freidheim of PrussiaFreidheim of Prussiaпреди 13 часа
  • I've had to replace a LOT of LED bulbs :(

    Doug JohnsonDoug Johnsonпреди 13 часа
  • Got some drugs here for sell and you will come back for more.

    william louiewilliam louieпреди 14 часа
  • How naive are you . The reason it was 5 yeats from when they mastered the blue spectrum to the ti.e they hit the market is because they had to figure put a way to get them to fail yes they last longer than other types but only a tenth of what they could !!!!

    Mike VaughnMike Vaughnпреди 14 часа
  • Louis, how did I know you would be I am so thankful for you brother, and people like Veritasium here...bringing this issue out into the open. Keep up the good works guys! I look forward to seeing your content...

    Kai-MadeKai-Madeпреди 14 часа
    • something is strange with youtube, can't comment on posts from certain people?! Anyone else!?

      Kai-MadeKai-Madeпреди 14 часа
    • wow

      Kai-MadeKai-Madeпреди 14 часа
  • Good work

    Northern WingNorthern Wingпреди 14 часа