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Planned obsolescence: Epson in your pocket

Epson programs to block its printers. Planned obsolescence is still relevant.

Printers are indispensable tools for everyday office life. Although they’re becoming more sophisticated, they don’t seem to have fixed their main flaw: recurring and sudden failures. Error messages will appear and the only way to print out this essential document is to call an authorized workshop. However, the day before she was doing very well.

Did the affected room suddenly decide to go on strike? Not really appropriate fight for repair, which reviewed several Epson brand printers. After a tweet was posted by Mark Tavern, a professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, the repair forum addressed the issue. The husband explains that his wife’s printer is bricked by displaying a message: “The device has reached the end of its useful life.” The only option for him is to pay a repairman or buy a new printer.

To fight for repair, these error messages are programmed by the company to prevent additional damage due to the arrival of certain end-of-life parts. Epson explains on its website as follows:

“Like so many other products, all of Epson’s consumer inkjet products have a finite lifespan due to the wear and tear of components during normal use. Eventually, the product reaches a point where satisfactory print quality can no longer be maintained or components have reached the end of their useful life. (…) Printers are designed to cease operation to the point where continued use without replacing the ink pads (issue cited in Mark’s case ndlr) may result in property damage from spilled ink or related safety issues if excess ink comes in contact with an electrical component.”

To fight for repair, L310, L360 and L365 models would be affected, but other models and brands could still follow the same strategy. Epson did not respond to inquiries from fight for repair.

An illegal practice?

In fact, Epson wants to protect its users and their devices by applying the precautionary principle. At least that’s what the company says. But is it really legal? fight for repair said Aaron Perzanowski, law professor and author right to repair. “As far as I know, this practice is not clearly disclosed before purchasing these printers. Even if a mention is buried in a license or website, such a software time bomb defies reasonable consumer expectations.”

An opposite practice

Planned obsolescence was brought to light a long time ago. This practice has devastating consequences for the environment. Overconsumption leads to the production of 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste and devices every year around the world. We think, that 16 to 20 kg of such waste are thrown away per person per year. This type of practice therefore weighs heavily on the bill.

In addition, planned obsolescence not only affects our waste production, but also leads to increased production and resource depletion, the destruction of land and vegetation. In France, according to Article 99 of Law 2015-992, means planned obsolescence “the set of techniques by which a marketer intends to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to increase its replacement rate.”

She will be punished with two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 euros, the amount of the fine could be increased to 5% of the average annual turnover. It should also be remembered that in 2020 the government introduced mandatory repairability assessment of products as part of the Anti-Waste Law. So you know at a glance whether your desired product has a long service life and whether the repair is expensive or not.

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