The Most Important Feature Amazon is Not Launching(medium.com)

3 years ago from Artiom Dashinsky, Product Designer, Author & Maker

  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 3 years ago

    My thoughts: If you're buying a nine-dollar pair of headphones and are expecting a three-year lifespan, you're barking up the wrong consumer tree.

    Arguing that this will improve the planet's sustainability and using what is effectively a disposable consumer item as an example is a bit off, in my eyes. If you were making the argument and using a refrigerator as an example, sure. But I don't know anyone who would buy the cheapest earbuds on amazon and expect long lifespans from it.

    Now a further thought: This is an idea that will never be adopted for products in the low-end of the price brackets. The point I made above as the first reason for that, and as a further point this would be easy for retailers and consumers to abuse, which would detract from legitimate sellers.

    Honestly though, from a high-level overview, you're trying to demand sustainability from new-age hyperconsumerism. Amazon in itself - a mass retailer - is against the concept of sustainability in general. Their modus operandi is to sell as much shit as possible. This does not go hand-in-hand with wanting to buy items as infrequently as possible.

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