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Planned Obsolescence: Do electronics break so we buy more - Dec 27th, 2013

As Canadians unwrap loads of new gadgets, replacing models that may only be a season or two old, we look at whether electronics manufacturers purposely make their devices break or feel obsolete so consumers keep buying replacements

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