When in casual conversation someone mentions "planned obsolescence" it's time to end the discussion. This was once a favorite of know-things and is evermore silly. There is still enough competition in the world that sellers are compelled to offer better and more durable product.
I well remember the "family car(s)" of the 1950s (and beyond) ones that were not expected to last 100k miles -- and if they did, that was not easily achieved. Many visits to the mechanic. The WSJ includes "Capitalism Fixed My Car ... All kinds of goods are improved by 'trade-tested betterment.'" Exceeding 100k miles is now routine.
I noticed the PBS Evening News reports on the troubles in Venezuela. They cite the drop in the world price of oil! Occasionally, news people note "economic mismanagement." They cannot bring themselves to cite the disasters that socialism inevitably bestows -- including what it does to the poor, which seems to be the concern of today's many appeals to "democratic socialism". What does the qualifier add? More cronyism to what is already endemic?
Don Boudreaux notes that the European Union is hot on the case re "planned obsolescence."