Why Durability Wins Over Disposability Every Time

When you are faced with the decision, disposability versus durability on your next product design what do you choose? Or put another way, cost versus quality, which way do you lean? It is a decision that no doubt gets debated to some degree at the beginning of every hardware product development program. What you decide will have big ramifications on the product you design. Some products are meant to be used once and thrown away, some only a few times. The rest are meant to last for longer periods of time. But how long should a product really last? The answer I believe has to start with the customer. What do they want and what will they ultimately purchase? We live in a world where quality is very much desired but price often wins out on our buying decisions. So as a society we have become used to products that last far less than we would like them to.

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