This is why we can't have nice things

26 mar 2021
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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 -
Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Mac Malkawi, Oleksii Leonov, Michael Schneider, Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, fanime96, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal
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"
Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

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    RSRS46 mínútum síðan
  • Everyday... I hate apple even more Because they sell and spit on the pockets of their costumers for those who say.... all do it I'd say I hate the enemy.... who i have to see the most

    RSRS49 mínútum síðan
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    The Imposing OddsThe Imposing OddsKlukkustund síðan
  • Nice that the crappy Dyson cleaner ad appears to me in the middle of the video 😏. Never again I will buy a product of the arrogant Brexshitter.

    egnaziaegnazia3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Now I really want to be extremely rich so i can start selling eternal lightbulbs and such things

    Bobolgob Olle KohanovskijBobolgob Olle Kohanovskij3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Capitalism as it finest, i hate you all so much.

    WuulferignoWuulferigno3 klukkustundum síðan
  • I love your Channel.

    JanJan3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Okay this video's title telling me Taylor Swift song 😅

    Zero To OneZero To One4 klukkustundum síðan
  • 1- Naivety is a belief that there are people out there who are not your close friends or relatives who care about you. 2- Conspiracy is an integral part of human interaction and every single one of us have committed it on numerous occasions in our lives. Only the scale is different.

    Don FantoDon Fanto4 klukkustundum síðan
  • great anticapitalist rhetoric. i love it.

    GarageChemistGarageChemist4 klukkustundum síðan
  • oh it cant be real, but watch its real. INSTEAD look at these cars.

    Cheese NaziCheese Nazi5 klukkustundum síðan
  • 5:38 can also be applied to resolutions and display manufacturers 😷

    Cyber NomadCyber Nomad5 klukkustundum síðan
  • Very cool topic to cover, thanks.

    Kinjiru731Kinjiru7315 klukkustundum síðan
  • Apple is the perfect example of planned obsolescence.

    Debpriyo DuttaDebpriyo Dutta6 klukkustundum síðan
  • 9/11

    w wybornw wyborn6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Why do people accept that companies are capable of these mass conspiracies, but not politicians? They can make investments too, like in Big Pharma for example...

    David HallDavid Hall6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Oh how badly I want movies to go back to switching between scientists bickering in a lab and a monster destroying the city/world.

    David HallDavid Hall7 klukkustundum síðan
  • lol capitalism

    BB7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Capitalism sure is great

    Nutflix NordicsNutflix Nordics7 klukkustundum síðan
  • I thought his view of profit-making was his real motivation in making this video?

    Brian Keith SomethingBrian Keith Something7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Well for the LED light, they don't last as long as advertised, yeah the LED itself can last but not the circuitry. I had many of these LED Light ceasing working well before the advertised 10000h. Maybe just after a year.

    Benj MBenj M8 klukkustundum síðan
  • Excellent video

    otton pinootton pino8 klukkustundum síðan
  • Nothing everlasts because if it would it would be plastics and we know that they also do not last

    Abbas IbrahimAbbas Ibrahim8 klukkustundum síðan
  • The funny thing is that this also applicable to medicine products, the manufacturers don't need you to get cured completely, they need you to stay sick to a certain level even if they already found a way to cure. Like diabetes for example, let's say they found a way to cure it completely will they announce it or even sell it ? Or they will keep the patients live on insulin and use their supportive medicines for years with thousands of dollars spent?

    Daniel LeDaniel Le8 klukkustundum síðan
  • just wanted to let this out there: LED lights can be repaired easily.

    Cyber WoodooCyber Woodoo8 klukkustundum síðan
    • They produce tons of heat though, at least their components do. The benefits of LED lights is their luminosity and size. I assembled Hollywood stage lights for a few years and the test racks were a furnace...granted each unit had hundreds to over a thousand LED nodes with dozens of units running at once.

      David HallDavid Hall6 klukkustundum síðan
  • uh, the phone edges is a bad example, it's provable that a rounded edge makes it easier to lose your grip and drop a device, a sharp edge and flat side is easier to grip.

    Dam SonDam Son9 klukkustundum síðan
  • keep up the good work, both you and Louis

    Luis GonzalezLuis Gonzalez9 klukkustundum síðan
  • so what i'm hearing is with communism planned obsolescence wouldn't be a thing

    Delta MageDelta Mage9 klukkustundum síðan
  • I don't buy trending things including apple, iphone, ipad etc, also I don't buy clothing from trending brands and people always say that I'm classy. My house has this 1" wide, 100 year old oak flooring, it's pretty beat up but looks so stylish always. May the new owner preserve that flooring, it bears history and time.

    弱水三千弱水三千10 klukkustundum síðan
  • The eventuality is inevitable.

    Major AngleMajor Angle11 klukkustundum síðan
  • You wore not sorta wrong you are completely wrong. An oven or a stove part will break so you will need to buy a new part, most things are made so only parts break, the same way phones are slowed down on purpose and cars need overpriced maintenance. This is so good for the economy in fact making things un-breakable in 1,2 or more human life spans catastrophical to companies and entire economys. No one would ever buy any thing, companies would close factories for years millions would gain and lose their jobs every century. Companies wont be able to promote for so long without a cash flow so they would rely on word of mouth, competing only with their warranties spaning centuries.

    Toss a coin to your WitcherToss a coin to your Witcher11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Why didn’t the antitrust laws stop this?

    print hello worldprint hello world11 klukkustundum síðan
  • veritasium is so based

    Marcelo OjedaMarcelo Ojeda11 klukkustundum síðan
  • This video is why we have such a stuffed planet. It's called greed. Many things were made before the 1930s that would've lasted right the way through to the 21st-century. I can remember when they made a few that only cost cents to produce. I remember the family that run the car on it and disappeared that's the whole family never seen again. The house stood for decades an used. I suppose when you see these billionaires giving a lot of their money to the pool maybe their conscience is pricked. How many million iPhones are thrown away because of dishonesty. And iPhone with the technology they have should last for at least 10 to 15 years. Most people have no idea how to use all the technology in the average phone. You can stop a car rusting for only $20. Alright say $100 alright let's go staggeringly and say $200. And that is a vehicle would not rust for its lifetime. How much environment would that save. We already have the technologies we already have the engineers we already have the scientists that have made things last for a complete life time. All we have to do is take away greed and there you have it. We're talking about planet Earth and sustainable living we've had it for decades probably 100 years but it has been taken office by greed corruption and distortion. So who profits. Ha ha that's another story. But what's going to happen when the Sunday law comes in it's basically legislated now in all countries. The Christian coalition in America are forcing the American government to have a Sunday law at their peril. 500 Pentecostal ministers with Kenneth Copeland apologise to the Pope for the reformation. The 1940 catechism states and I quote how dare the Protestant worship on our day that we change without any scriptural evidence. Jesus Christ is Lord of the Sabbath and the Pope is Lord of Sunday which Lord will celebrate the most when the Sunday law comes in has rocket science really die

    Brian HollowayBrian Holloway11 klukkustundum síðan
  • not having enough jobs really shouldn't be a problem. like, it should be "yay, we're operating at 100% efficiency! now there's more time for everybody" but we've decided that a person only deserves to live if they have a job. The solution to this is not to make things worse and artificially create new, pointless jobs.

    ShrubRustleShrubRustle12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Capitalism... When profit is primary, all else is secondary. Profit, profit , profit, that's all they care about. C Bose

    Jim BrankleJim Brankle12 klukkustundum síðan
  • This conspiracy sold out to the man don't pay it attention

    Corbin FobbsCorbin Fobbs13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I love the last sentence - full of opimism: "We finally reached tht point what is essentially an everlasting light bulb."

    NickayzNickayz13 klukkustundum síðan
  • If they worshipped Allah, they wouldn't have cheated people

    محمد Obisمحمد Obis13 klukkustundum síðan
  • That camera in the fire station should live stream that bulb please

    butchers of londonbutchers of london13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Try blue, it's the new red!

    Zach SheaZach Shea13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Thanks for pointing out that our lives are made worse by the profit motive! Planned obsolescence is one of the ways in which capitalism is choking the environment and it makes me angry

    Theo WildTheo Wild13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hardcore leftist propaganda if ever I've seen it. How about all of the whining leftists actually start a business with the supposedly superior lightbulb? no of course not because then they'd get BTFO'd by reality. Pfeh, all leftists are irredeemably evil and woefully stupid.

    Dominick DestineDominick Destine14 klukkustundum síðan
  • But if the products would be bad then the country have to print more money and more money = more inflation witch can make money absolutely worthless

    Dainel SolovDainel Solov14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Fun little video that shows how humanity ended itself, alongside WALL-E.

    Amy EAmy E14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Matsushitty.

    Lickorish AllsortsLickorish Allsorts14 klukkustundum síðan
  • So apart from the instance in burning Apple (who have increased performance year over year in their tablets and phones) and then using a MacBook? Oh and the fact that Apple HAVE now just revolutionised their product with their own chips in their computers that use much less power while maintaining the same level of performance (or surpassing it), the BBC (who run QI and commission it) is funded by the British tax payer. Circumventing that is like ripping off the US cable networks.

    Spencer GibsonSpencer Gibson14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Why can’t we have nice things?? Capitalism

    Marcelo CaraveoMarcelo Caraveo14 klukkustundum síðan
  • CAPITALISM SUCKS this is all capitalism's fault ffs

    Hayden LehmanHayden Lehman15 klukkustundum síðan
  • I have several incandescent light bulbs that have been running for about 30+ years. The secret? First the bulbs are clear glass 4 watt night light bulbs. Second is special fixture that runs 2 bulbs in series. Third is a diode in series with the bulbs. This reduces the power to point that the filament glows, but not brightly; similar to that firehouse bulb. It makes a nice bathroom night light that I leave on 7x24.

    Russel BrooksRussel Brooks15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Right to repair is a retarded concept. I can't fathom how *more* legislation would ever solve our problems. The only true way is competition, and the only way that's going to happen is if we make it really easy to enter the market. You're simply begging for crony capitalism when you support right to repair.

    EuphoricPenguinEuphoricPenguin15 klukkustundum síðan
  • This is happening today in other electronic industries. What they're doing is greed, and ripping off the consumer. While all being legal.

    Jay JayJay Jay15 klukkustundum síðan
  • an everlasting lightbulb would be a FANTASTIC business model. just sell them for 10 times the price, people would still buy them. every human needs a couple so you would make BILLIONS and the competition wouldnt sell anything. after everybody got light bulbs you would minimize production for replacements and reinvest the money somewhere else

    Derva Kommt von hintenDerva Kommt von hinten15 klukkustundum síðan
  • But when it comes to Big Pharma, Veritasum and Bill Gates are telling us ARNm vaccines are meant to do us good... and we should not believe in conspiracies... of course...

    Jacques-Etienne GrandjeanJacques-Etienne Grandjean16 klukkustundum síðan
  • He says those words about LED bulbs as ive replaced literal DOZENS of them in my own home due to crappy solder joints im pretty sure, just easier to swap than fix.

    Jesse SmithJesse Smith16 klukkustundum síðan
  • at 15:21 how the hell did he unscrew the light bulb and hold in to it without melting his hand

    Shan SandaruwanShan Sandaruwan16 klukkustundum síðan
  • Where the hell is this guy getting his LED bulbs? they last a long time but not that long...

    RedKingRedKing16 klukkustundum síðan
  • That fabric scientist sounds like a young Khajiit

    Ronald CatullusRonald Catullus17 klukkustundum síðan
  • I usually dont come up with conspiracy theories but my Logitech gaming mice used to fail regularly - until I changed the cable of a failed mouse with the cable of an ordinary mouse. Now its working fine from years and years.

    Vijay NinelVijay Ninel17 klukkustundum síðan
  • D-did they forget that light bulbs can sHATTER?

  • you are full of it.

    qwertyqwerty1955qwertyqwerty195517 klukkustundum síðan
  • This is why we cant have nice things darling, because you break them, i had to take them away

    erickerick17 klukkustundum síðan
  • GM used to do this as well. By company policy parts were designed to fail shortly after the warranty. I know someone who worked for GM who saw the memo's. I have no idea if they still do this or not.

    Benjamin BoyleBenjamin Boyle18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Just to clear the air - There are everlasting light bulbs...if powered correctly. Even a "dead" fluorescent tube will continue to light indefinitely if subjected to a radio signal or a high frequency electric signal. The tools and resources are already available and have been for over 100 years.

    Matt CombattiMatt Combatti18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Unsubscribed when I saw your double mask

    Joshua ReynvaanJoshua Reynvaan18 klukkustundum síðan
  • thank you asus for making my computer last for 8 years without any sign of degrading (except for the battery which i replaced once)...

    Дмитрий ХабаровДмитрий Хабаров18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Companies sabotaging products for profit :D We gotta love capitalism.

    Jonathan RochaJonathan Rocha19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Astrazeneca could be banned obsolence maybe

    Its Just an AppleIts Just an Apple19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Oh, except we haven't. Planned obsolescence is pretty much as present in LEDs as it was in incandescent bulbs, sadly.

    Eduard Fornés i CatalàEduard Fornés i Català19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Now this is content ✌🏼

    Priyam PaithankarPriyam Paithankar19 klukkustundum síðan
  • So are VPN companies and Streaming services also conspiring?

    Bunzen KantzenBunzen Kantzen19 klukkustundum síðan
  • actchually... they make the LED lamps with the same principle. the ones I buy usually last couple of months, which appears as a shorter span compared to conventional lamps. Excellent video. I'd have also liked to hear about the enviromental impact this selling strategy has, since many people can't connect the dots.

    quantumcakequantumcake20 klukkustundum síðan
  • I dream of a world where Greed is seen as a form of mental illness.

    tilemacrotilemacro20 klukkustundum síðan
  • Thank you for ending on a possitive note

    SlainerSlainer21 klukkustund síðan
  • I disagree with the led being everlasting... I am constantly replacing my current "amazing" LED bulbs... I think there should be an early investigation to see if they are doing the same to LED bulbs

    RebelijahRebelijah21 klukkustund síðan
  • why did the same not happen to led??

    ayvengo eayvengo e22 klukkustundum síðan
  • Right to repair = Louis Rossman

    Sidharth VijayanSidharth Vijayan22 klukkustundum síðan
  • Apple are releasing new phones every year, and are ending support for old ones. Just like Microsoft is doing. Even though the iphone 6 or Windows 7 was perfectly good.

    EsconisEsconis22 klukkustundum síðan
  • This video was shockingly interesting🤯 I was hooked the whole way

    Smiley !Smiley !22 klukkustundum síðan
  • What episode of qi is he on?

    Thijs BThijs B23 klukkustundum síðan
  • I never had a light bulb lasting more then +_5 year.... back to square 1...

    Bart HuijgensBart Huijgens23 klukkustundum síðan
  • I couldn't help but noticing the video security camera monitoring the light bulb. How long has it been on and what happens when it gets turned off? I think there maybe a conspiracy here just to get people to be exposed to an advertising platform.

    equipt4soundequipt4sound23 klukkustundum síðan
  • What about the massive withdraw of planned obsolescence: pollution.

    Ao sikaAo sika23 klukkustundum síðan
  • The EU's green narrative is only to create a new industry and thus jobs. So I wouldn't call them a saint...

    Patrick KPatrick KDegi Síðan síðan
  • Thats why I don’t update my freakin phone. I knew all those updates were doing is trying to make me buy another one. Damn corporations

    OmenvreerOmenvreerDegi Síðan síðan
  • here in the Philippines someone invented an engine running on water but no one really wants to sponsor it. cause you know what country hated the idea the most

    Child StarChild StarDegi Síðan síðan
    • Look up Stanley myers on ISworlds, he invented a sparkplug that separated the hydrogen from water so any engine could run off any water, salty sea water, fresh, didn't matter. He wanted the world to use his technology and met with some supposed US government men at a restaurant to discuss moving forward with it, he took a sip from his cranberry juice, grasped his neck, said 'they've poisoned me' & died.

      Ross RossiterRoss Rossiter17 klukkustundum síðan
  • I lived through the 80s when planned obsolescence in the auto industry was at its peak. Our POS Ford escort broke down and ruined our Disneyland vacation, then a year later our POS new Chevy cavalier got us stuck in the desert for hours. I've never bought an American car in my adult life because of those experiences. They need to legislate this better with right-to-repair laws to restore confidence in American products.

    AtomicPunk23AtomicPunk23Degi Síðan síðan
  • The LED bulb lasting a long time is misinformation. Many designs require capacitors and to save a few extra cents and make them last shorter they cheap out and the capacitors fail, including explode by venting caustic fumes. Further, they drive the LEDs with too much current for the heat dissipation. I’ve had many many LED bulbs fail within the first 100 hours, all of these problems can be identified by non-technical people with limited engineering experience and as such are purposely made to fail early.

    burtosisburtosisDegi Síðan síðan
  • Thanks for the great video! Hopes Rossman can use this in the quest for right to repair!

    bananernasfarfarbananernasfarfarDegi Síðan síðan
  • This really shouldn't come as a surprise. We literally had a corporation-backed president pushing bad lightbulbs for four years.

    JDHJDHDegi Síðan síðan
  • thank god we finally reached the everlasting lightbulb. with led lightbulb

    arasharashDegi Síðan síðan
  • Even android phones are designed like that

    Jerson AtiloJerson AtiloDegi Síðan síðan
  • i thought this was primary school knowledge they do thing to break so they can still selling the thing

    MorpheusMorpheusDegi Síðan síðan
  • Almost like the system that worships the profit motive cripples innovation, hmmmm

    LadeLadeDegi Síðan síðan
  • great video! we need all the anti-consumerist propaganda we can get

    ognjen usumovićognjen usumovićDegi Síðan síðan
  • This is like an Ordinary Things video but without british jokes

    Javier CamposJavier CamposDegi Síðan síðan
  • 15:44 yes bright bit it is over run mode. It last may be months or year depends by your equipment. Led can run more than 120 year but it must run low current . Another thing is the power supply must locating separately. The led bulbs have the worst design ever. The led driver locating just middle of the bulb, where is the hottest. Electrolytic capacitors can not handle that heat and dies very quickly. Lower current = less heat. Possible you need to replace hundreds of led drivers within 1000 year but led runs perfectly. Just capacitors is so bad.... And these over driven led bulbs often does not have the heatsink too... only plastic and it melts...

    Simple MechanicsSimple MechanicsDegi Síðan síðan
  • This guy is one of the very few people that know how to incorporate my most hated of things... the ad. As much as I hate to admit it, he makes the ad included actually interesting. Go figure. Well, first of all, he warns you very quickly at the start that it's coming at the end, and then at the end he puts his own clever spin on the product and makes it very relatable. Well played, sir, well played... damn you =)

    sfincione2000sfincione2000Degi Síðan síðan
  • Don't know about others but I have already changed led bulbs of entire house more than four times in last 4-5 years.. they fcking don't last longer than a year or two at most.. no matter which company I buy from

    yoger exyoger exDegi Síðan síðan
  • Smart guys will understand the real message, that is unsaid in this video 😎

    Mr. LogicianMr. LogicianDegi Síðan síðan