By: Rubén Ramos

You bought it, but manufacturers want the final say on who fixes it. Is it really yours?

Cell phone with broken case
Cell phone with broken case

Not an easy fix

How is it possible that cars in Havana are still running after more than half a century of use? Through a combination of necessity and a whole lot of ingenuity, dedicated craftsmen have devised ways to keep cars running by fixing and tinkering their own makeshift parts. It begs the question, with so many more resources available to us, why do our cars last barely more than a decade?

“We have a broken relationship with our stuff,” said Nathan Proctor…

Fists raised in the air hold dollar bills on fire.
Fists raised in the air hold dollar bills on fire.

by Gabriel Rodríguez

After the CEO of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue, praised polarizing figure US President Donald Trump at a White House event last July, a swift backlash was all but assured. Calls to boycott and “cancel” Goya spread through the Web almost immediately, with hashtags #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods, and #goyaway trending on Twitter. The boycott found widespread support amongst many politicians and personalities online, but so did a rival movement urging people to buy Goya products instead. A month later, the buzz around the event had died down, but the Goya brand remains affected.

Boycott movements today surface, encounter resistance…

A new rule that stops credit repair companies from advertising on Google might impact consumers.

If you’re one of the many Americans living with damaged credit, you may have considered using the services of a credit repair company to get back on track. And if you’re one of the many people who’ve researched credit repair companies online, you probably saw advertisements at the top of your search results. Maybe you even clicked on one.

Those ads are no more.

Without much fanfare, in October 2019, Google posted an update to its advertising policies stating that “Ads for credit repair services…

What is planned obsolescence?

The market has always been looking for new ways to engage with customers and increase sales. In 1925, for instance, lightbulb makers convened to set manufacturing conditions in order to limit the useful life of their products. The now infamous Phoebus Cartel decided that lightbulbs, which at the time lasted close to 2500 hours, would from then on be made to last a benchmark of just 1000 hours. The idea quickly caught on and by 1932, real estate broker Bernard London would be the first to coin the term planned obsolescence.

In a short paper, Mr. London would go on…

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