NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 13:38:46 -0600
From: Barry Lennox
Subject: Re: A new toaster design? Is it worth it?
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 08:41:08 +1300
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On 17 Jan 2003 10:19:43 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (N. Thornton) wrote:
>And I do NOT understand why so many items are so mind bogglingly
>incompetently designed. Does anyone understand why? I mean you cant
>qulify as an EE if youre ESN.
>Honestly, some of the things I've bought a 5 year old could tell you
>why they were no good in 2 minutes.
I can't explain it all, but there's plenty of blame to go around. The
pimply-face marketers think they are catering to the young and other
markets where these things are "kewl" The bean-counters will like
it,as I'm sure the electronics in a toaster would be cheaper than the
old electromechanical timer. It's certainly a lot crappier!
And the advertising industry probably takes the lion's share, they
will push anything "new" to sell more crap. Your Dualit is a good
example, lasts forever, but does not sell new crap. And the consumer
is to blame as well, generally, they will not question any ad content.
I'd have a new law, any advert MUST carry the home telephone number of
the adwriter and the marketing weanie responsible. Then we can call
them directly, ask searching questions, and, tell them how irritating
their stupid ads are.
But why are some things so hard to use? I don't have any idea, it
seems that some are specifically designed to irritate the consumer.