What is Planned Obsolescence? - Definition & Examples


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The ultimate goal of planned obsolescence is to _____.

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The means to planned obsolescence include _____.

I. Hardware modifications

II. Software changes

III. Clever marketing

2. The Phoebus cartel was involved in the planned obsolescence of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions will measure your understanding of planned obsolescence. See if you know what this practice is and how it can be carried out.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set you'll review your knowledge of:

  • The role of the Phoebus cartel in planned obsolescence
  • How planned obsolescence can be carried out
  • The goal of planned obsolescence

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about planned obsolescence in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ultimate goal of planned obsolescence
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the means used to create planned obsolescence and the involvement of different companies

Additional Learning

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