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    Really cool. Does anyone have links to more write-ups of things designed this way, info on companies that have reputations for making them, etc.? I’ve recently developed something of an obsession with longevity and repairing rather than replacing my physical things. For example, I would love to be able to buy shoes in the style I tend to wear (sneakers/skate shoes basically) that don’t fall apart after a year of use.

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      One place I know of that is focused on longevity is https://www.reddit.com/r/BuyItForLife/.

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        Thank you! This is really great, exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Disappointingly, the sort of shoes I’m looking for don’t seem to exist . . .

        Maybe I need to adjust my personal style to be more amenable to durable clothing :)

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        Another phrase to use looking for these things is “heirloom” designs or products. The word indicating they’re expected to be passed down. Longevity planning is a part of that. Also, here’s this nice article on how we got to non-durable appliances particularly:


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        Neat battery setup. It could have been as easy as selling them on cheaper backup batteries for those that won’t have 2 custom ones. They can use the regular batteries to make it until replacement for custom one arrives. Then, they only buy 2 of those when absolutely needed. Lots of people already have extras of the regular batteries.