This is why we can't have nice things

This video is about stuff: light bulbs, printers, phones and why they aren't better. Go to and use code VERITASIUM to get a 2-year plan plus 1 additional month with a huge discount. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!
The Man in the White Suit -
London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. -
Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press -
Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. -
Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel -
The Light Bulb Conspiracy -
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Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
Edited by Derek Muller
Video supplied by Getty Images
Music by Jonny Hyman and from"Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"
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  • Blasko xx
    Blasko xx7 minuta më parë

    I learned this in 94

  • Joyce De Witt
    Joyce De Witt16 minuta më parë

    Covid 19 is too good. look how many people it put out of work !

  • Till Martens
    Till MartensOrë më parë

    feels worsse now with printers

  • Haunted
    HauntedOrë më parë

    I can't watch this. It boils my blood knowing people purposely make things trash so they can get more money.

  • rohit jain
    rohit jainOrë më parë

    "There is no best. Only diffrent " things you can say in a capitalist society.

  • Draxel
    DraxelOrë më parë

    Look up the "Dubai Lamp" and you'll find that planned obsolescence is still very much in play when it comes to bulbs!

  • White Shadow
    White Shadow2 orë më parë

    But making one 5000 hour light costs a bit more but surely less than making 10 x 500 lights? And you can charge more for it

  • Bryce
    Bryce3 orë më parë

    ah yes my old ipad mini 1... almost nothing is supported anymore just good for books and music

  • Beanie
    Beanie3 orë më parë

    My phone is from 2013 and my laptop is from 2011 and they both work fine and I’m not going to replace them until they are properly broken and unfixable. I also haven’t bought any clothes the past two years. It’s not just about the money, it’s also about the environment. This video is golden.

  • Duron
    Duron3 orë më parë

    This is scummy

  • Alireza N
    Alireza N3 orë më parë

    I wish I could like this video 5 times at least 👌🏻❤️🤘🏻

  • Zeke Randolph
    Zeke Randolph5 orë më parë

    This might be true, if it weren't for electrolytic capacitors. Because of those capacitors (which virtually every LED bulb has), LED bulbs wear out when they're hot. Most settings don't provide sufficient airflow to keep the bulbs cool, especially in downlight applications. The thermal requirements for LED bulbs is exactly the opposite of incandescent bulbs: while incandescents should run hot, LED bulbs should be kept cool.

  • Lord Gammadon Kaargon
    Lord Gammadon Kaargon5 orë më parë

    Wuld be great if things like cars culd be build to last forever for the price you have to pay nowadays

  • Laetitia co
    Laetitia co6 orë më parë

    No one seems to care about the harmful effects that it does on the environment. Simply a shame. Cause today we can't pretend to ignore the environmental threat hanging over our heads.

  • Michael G
    Michael G7 orë më parë

    If I recall correctly, this is the very reason why Americans internet is significantly slower then certain other countries

  • Slugbunny
    Slugbunny7 orë më parë

    Corporate capitalism is the real conspiracy. 👌🏻

  • EpsilonKnight
    EpsilonKnight8 orë më parë

    Planned obsolescence feels like it fails to take into account 1 golden rule in any field dealing with people. You can't please everybody.

  • sUper Nova
    sUper Nova8 orë më parë

    Woah.. mind boggling.

  • fredlllll
    fredlllll9 orë më parë

    sadly led bulbs also have planned obsolescence builtin =/ overdriving the hardware so it fails earlier

  • Jenova
    Jenova9 orë më parë

    High-end Graphic card will become Low-end product after 5 years

  • Harshavardhan V
    Harshavardhan V9 orë më parë

    This feels like a conspiracy theory that is actually not a conspiracy theory.

  • cristhyan guillermo
    cristhyan guillermo9 orë më parë

    apple just reveal a new iMac and guess what, it comes with something new....... different colors

  • PsychoPat
    PsychoPat9 orë më parë

    I try to make my own stuff when i can it last way longer..

  • Van Owen
    Van Owen10 orë më parë

    When science meets commercial greed, its no doubt who wins. Tis a shame

  • Jason Rosenberg
    Jason Rosenberg10 orë më parë

    Private Central Banking, fiat currency and fractional reserve lending is the greatest open conspiracy that has enslaved humanity and is the financial driver behind the destruction of Earth.

  • Brian Kleinschmidt
    Brian Kleinschmidt10 orë më parë

    Phoebus Cartel. "Businessmen in the same trade rarely meet, but when they do, it always results in a conspiracy against the public." - Thomas Jefferson

    ipKonfig.com11 orë më parë

    We should all start a class action lawsuit against EVERY company that does this. Charge me more for something that lasts. But nickel and dime me for your crap ? F off corporations

  • Terel
    Terel11 orë më parë

    So you’re saying boycott every company

  • Emthesage EMM
    Emthesage EMM11 orë më parë

    Obsolescence will finally make the planet obsolete

  • Lachlan Gilbert
    Lachlan Gilbert11 orë më parë

    "you're more likely to sell your house than replace an LED bulb that you've installed inside it..." I wish this were accurate. But as the likes of the youtube channel Big Clive have proven, it is just as easy to implement planned obsolescence on LED bulbs as it is to on incandescent bulbs. There may well be LED light fixtures that are longer lasting that traditional bulbs, but I doubt the cheap LED bulbs you get at the supermarket are it.

  • ez icarus
    ez icarus11 orë më parë

    I.watched this twice

  • Mohsin Shaikh
    Mohsin Shaikh11 orë më parë

    Jokes on them ..i still use wood fire at night.

  • orange70383
    orange7038312 orë më parë

    LED's are the first big improvement in a basic product without a lot of added expense in quite a long time.

  • Red Trek
    Red Trek12 orë më parë

    Imagine other conspiracy theories turning out to be true. Like the one about some of our brethren never taking their skin suits off. Wacky to think about.

  • Glen Waldrop
    Glen Waldrop12 orë më parë

    The manual transmission in my 1988 Ford Ranger had 3 rubber plugs near the top of the 5 speed manual transmission. It wasn't for machining, the only reason we can come up with for the rubber plugs in these transmissions is that after 100K miles of heat cycles the rubber plugs get dry and crack and leak, allowing the transmission fluid to slowly leak out. You don't monitor the fluid of a manual transmission the same way you do an automatic nor do they leak the same way. In this case there was never a puddle or a drip, it just slowly vaporized as the truck is driven. If you check under the truck you might notice an oil film but not find a leak. This let the oil get low which damaged the bearings, made third gear loud and made it difficult to put it in reverse after a long drive and the transmission was allowed to cool with it left in first gear. They put an expiration date in the transmission.

  • Glen Waldrop
    Glen Waldrop12 orë më parë

    Obi Wan Kenobi invented the perfect fiber!!

  • CBD Review UK
    CBD Review UK12 orë më parë

    Same thing with car tyres

  • Terence Wong
    Terence Wong12 orë më parë

    My first LED bulb lasted 8 years. Subsequently, the likes of Philips get into the fray of LEDs. Theirs last, on average just 2 years. My first LED bulb lasted 3 times that of Philips.

  • zach Heckart
    zach Heckart12 orë më parë

    Light bulbs lasted practically forever before the assistant made a new filiment, so I refuse to say he's the creator of the light bulb

  • berbandis
    berbandis13 orë më parë

    Car seat expiration dates in a nut shell

  • Stacc Yeo
    Stacc Yeo14 orë më parë

    Oh boy do I love capitalism, it’s totally not actually destroying the world and killing millions :)

  • John Smythe
    John Smythe14 orë më parë

    I bet someone suspected that lightbulb life decreased but people told the person he/she was crazy

  • NordoCeltic
    NordoCeltic15 orë më parë

    Its a nice thought on LEDs, until manufacturers have started to make components inside them weaker so they now fail in 2000 to 3000 hours in some brands, and even faster in others. So greedy corportaions are up to their same old wasteful, evil tricks.

  • Rest in peace
    Rest in peace15 orë më parë

    10:40 Workers and scientists should've unite against factory owners, now that would be a much better movie (☭ ͜ʖ ☭)

  • Amme
    Amme16 orë më parë

    Samsung is very good at planned obsolescence

  • DJpuggs
    DJpuggs16 orë më parë

    Funny that design a phone to make others feel out dated is a thing, because the only thing I want in a phone is a earphone-jack witch is an old design

  • Mitch Spurlock
    Mitch Spurlock16 orë më parë

    3.7k thumbs down are Apple shareholders.

  • Norberto Topete
    Norberto Topete16 orë më parë

    Excellent video!

  • Ajitesh Singh Thakur
    Ajitesh Singh Thakur16 orë më parë

    And that my friends is why our future is fucked and we deserve it

  • Anto Noza
    Anto Noza16 orë më parë

    Volvo ...

  • The Truth
    The Truth16 orë më parë

    I'm pretty sure tech company did this. They have to keep one up'ing themselves every year for their new released product. I'm sure they can just throw their latest technology all at once, but they only did it slowly so costumer kept buying the newer product.

  • Adhem
    Adhem16 orë më parë

    That was very good, thank you

  • No Bo
    No Bo17 orë më parë

    real conspiracies are so pervasive in our society that we never question its legitimacy

  • Corey M
    Corey M17 orë më parë

    Naw! Most stuff breaks because, it's complex and people are clumsy. Also, complication to components due to overheating or environmental related damage. The rest is genuine technological obsolescence that is constantly improving. There is a techno race to creating durable tech to send probes to Venus long term. I'm waiting for that. I have a WD 1 TB External Harddrive that I have been using consistently ever since 2008. I never dropped it and take great care of it. It has actually outlived several of my laptops too. Just had to switch out the AC Adapter and USB Cord. I even have a working iPod Video 80GB that I've had ever since 2006, I even have a very early V-Mem port PS1 Console that still works too. These are pretty simple built electronics. The reason they've lasted very long. This thin new crap is what I end up having fail on me after a couple years. Tablets, Laptops and other solid state stuff fails in just a couple years. Go hard. There's a reason the hard electronics with moving parts last 40 years and have the potential of lasting 100 years. I read from old-school tech enthusiasts on reddit that Western Digital lasts the longest in response to several cases of Harddrives lasting for decades. I think Controlled Obsolescence is mostly a myth after learning about tech based on old stuff built to still last in the 21st Century and remembering people saying they make cheap crap that breaks in a couple years ever since the Early 2000's. It's not entirely true if you know what to buy.

  • EpsilonKnight


    7 orë më parë

    That's very true. Plenty of devices and tools failing can actually be traced to misuse, general wear and tear or even engineering problems that are solved in later years. Obviously that isn't to say that planned obsolescence doesn't happen (iphones for example) but it may honestly be to a lesser degree than many perceive.

  • Mr.Bo
    Mr.Bo17 orë më parë

    That's cool, great episode! However none of the commercially available led light bulbs lasts near to what it is declared to.

  • Socairnone
    Socairnone17 orë më parë

    After all we have heard of their policy of built in obsolescence I still find it hard to believe that sane working people would ever buy an apple product.

  • 765kvline
    765kvline18 orë më parë

    Very splendid and candid reveal about planned obsolescence.

  • EmeraldView
    EmeraldView18 orë më parë

    If we had Universal Basic Income and equitably distributed wealth (rather than allowing it to be accumulated into fewer and fewer hands at the top who ultimately come to 'own' everything), then having products that last much longer, even indefinitely wouldn't be a problem. We as a society could use our time and resources in better ways to improve humanity, rather than constantly chasing our own tails.

  • WebBinary
    WebBinary18 orë më parë

    The led bulb has a capacitor that makes it to burn faster, and if you change it for a lower value it will last for a long time!

  • Fat Munch
    Fat Munch18 orë më parë

    Lightbulb cartels

  • Gio Mag
    Gio Mag19 orë më parë

    Great episode!! 🥰 Right to repair is absolutely essential for the environment AND is a basic-adjacent human right.

  • Sven Nguyen Van
    Sven Nguyen Van19 orë më parë

    So, this is a ripoff of the documentary "Kaufen für die Müllhalde: Geplante Obsoleszenz"

  • JameR GameR007
    JameR GameR00719 orë më parë

    What about the everlasting gobstopper?

  • JameR GameR007
    JameR GameR00719 orë më parë

    Planned obsolescence, Sony has been secretly doing to the PS3, PS4, and PS5.

  • Georg M
    Georg M19 orë më parë

    It's amazing the similarity of cadence with Tom Scott

  • Westwood Presnall
    Westwood Presnall19 orë më parë

    Anyone here with the iPhone 14?

  • Mr. Berardine
    Mr. Berardine19 orë më parë

    I try not to buy products that are known to use planned obsolescence. They are greedy sh*tholes, plain and simple. Anyone who thinks different has their hand in the corprations pocket in some way.

  • Tech Guy
    Tech Guy19 orë më parë

    I have bought an iPhone once. I was very glad with it until it broke shortly after warranty (of course). I will never buy an Apple device again.

  • Humzah Khan
    Humzah Khan20 orë më parë

    Wait... I just realized, Veritasium is an element of truth, cause it comes from whatever the root for truth was, I know in French truth is ‘verité’. That’s crazy, flew over my head this whole time.

  • Ben Cushwa
    Ben Cushwa20 orë më parë

    I have, rather unfortunately, had to replace several LED bulbs that I've installed. The LEDs may last forever, but the supporting electronics in some of the cheaper bulbs are not fond of power that isn't perfectly clean. (And I mean "perfectly clean" in the electrical engineering sense, not the green energy sense.)

  • Vigneshwaran Murugesan
    Vigneshwaran Murugesan20 orë më parë

    +1 Subscriber :)

  • Vigneshwaran Murugesan
    Vigneshwaran Murugesan20 orë më parë

    Wondering how ALthe yet didn't remove this video. (Y)

  • Eric Borb
    Eric Borb21 orë më parë

    Damn ths video is about 17 minutes long but it feels like 1 hour

  • Maxamillion Jazzhands
    Maxamillion Jazzhands21 orë më parë

    dang casey neistat used to be a good guy

  • Adalberto Ruiz
    Adalberto Ruiz21 orë më parë

    If everyone had enough money, maybe mandatory obsolescence wouldn't be a problem 🤷‍♂️

  • Trevor Grindz
    Trevor Grindz21 orë më parë

    I have 5 printers and a flat scanner - ALL refuse to work anymore, & I can't for the life of me figure out why! I've always suspected that they were built to fail.

  • LaserDisc
    LaserDisc21 orë më parë

    As always, greed has the upper hand Disgusting

  • ME Dibble
    ME Dibble21 orë më parë

    even the LED bulbs are built to fail however there is an LED bulb you can only buy in Dubai (the Dubai Bulb by Phillips) that has a greatly increased lifespan

  • Satwik Boina
    Satwik Boina21 orë më parë

    any tremendous change happening in the 20th century world war 2 comes and tears it apart

  • yodog
    yodog22 orë më parë

    You can apply this to almost anything, like medicine.

  • kbusse
    kbusse22 orë më parë

    LED = Everlasting lightbulbs? No way… Yes, I have a few Toshiba LEDs and an early Bosch one that are still operating just fine. Anything I bought later needs to be replaced after a few years.

  • zoladkow
    zoladkow22 orë më parë

    There's this quote (can't recall where from) that immediately comes to mind: "Greedy bastards".

  • TheLovelyPotato


    9 orë më parë

    Don't those "greedy bastards" hire millions of people?

  • Valentin Tomov
    Valentin Tomov22 orë më parë

    Nice remake of my favourite film "The light bulb conspiracy". And... No, LED bulbs are not for ever, either.

  • Ty Lowe
    Ty Lowe22 orë më parë

    Fabulous upload, great investigative work. I've watched a few of your videos before and this one was my favourite, brilliant 👌

  • Macgyver Siruma
    Macgyver Siruma22 orë më parë

    thats why spark plug this day has a resistor.

  • The Executed Code
    The Executed Code23 orë më parë

    Is this enough for you stupid iPhone users?

  • sashidemedia
    sashidemedia23 orë më parë

    So if this video doesn't convince you. Apple is a product for sheeple. Idiots buy apple products. Smart people buy their stock

  • Technical Extreme
    Technical Extreme23 orë më parë

    This episode came many times in my in my Home Tab. But I was reluctant to click it because I was afraid of getting bored. I was wrong. One of the best videos on ALthe.

  • Anything Mike
    Anything Mike23 orë më parë

    Right to repair.

  • Temp Bauer
    Temp Bauer23 orë më parë

    I don’t mind new colors or styles or design that make the person WANT the new version but things that don’t work as well and/or break that force consumer to NEED to buy new is bs

  • Temp Bauer
    Temp BauerDitë më parë

    Intentional planned obsolescence! The lite bulb ppl were the original masters of marketing/sales, the original gangsta biz men!

  • Mr Bardel
    Mr BardelDitë më parë

    capitalism need things to break ... cancer capitalism must die ...

  • sharfaz hameed
    sharfaz hameedDitë më parë

    Great information. But honestly the way Elon Musk thinks very different n making life more convenient for people unlike these light bulb companies n imagine these idiotic authorizes making fine or penalty for making a good bulb.

  • David Lucey
    David LuceyDitë më parë

    They are out to get you. Don’t get me started on big Pharma

  • Sarah
    SarahDitë më parë

    basically profit incentive and would be better for the environment if things like this lasted longer....I'm so disgusted at this

  • The Goldey Family
    The Goldey FamilyDitë më parë


  • Wesley Andrew
    Wesley AndrewDitë më parë

    I liked it. but 3.5k dislikes ? why ? can there be so many accidental clicks ?

  • Ankit Shaw
    Ankit ShawDitë më parë

    I purchased a light bulb two days ago and it lasted 24 hours....

  • Law Rence
    Law RenceDitë më parë

    "But there are no conspiricies ... you are a nuthead if you believe there would be some people conspiring against other people ... no no, rich man only want the best for us"

  • Bhavik Yadav
    Bhavik YadavDitë më parë

    Please tell your friend Michael Stevens to be as consistent as you. We long for his content Amazing video btw

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