This is why we can't have nice things 

Views 5M
99% 52 568 469

This video is about stuff: light bulbs, printers, phones and why they aren't better. Go to NordVPN.com/veritasium 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 - ve42.co/Suit
London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. - ve42.co/London32
Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press - ve42.co/madetobreak
Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. - ve42.co/Phoebus
Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel - ve42.co/PMobs
The Light Bulb Conspiracy - us-first.info/player/video/m56toKVkYm16gWA.html
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 epidemicsound.com"Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"
Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

Published on


Mar 26, 2021




Loading link...

Add to:

My playlist
Watch later
Comments 100   
Michael G
Michael G 38 minutes ago
If I recall correctly, this is the very reason why Americans internet is significantly slower then certain other countries
Slugbunny 56 minutes ago
Corporate capitalism is the real conspiracy. 👌🏻
EpsilonKnight Hour ago
Planned obsolescence feels like it fails to take into account 1 golden rule in any field dealing with people. You can't please everybody.
sUper Nova
sUper Nova 2 hours ago
Woah.. mind boggling.
fredlllll 2 hours ago
sadly led bulbs also have planned obsolescence builtin =/ overdriving the hardware so it fails earlier
Jenova 2 hours ago
High-end Graphic card will become Low-end product after 5 years
Harshavardhan V
Harshavardhan V 3 hours ago
This feels like a conspiracy theory that is actually not a conspiracy theory.
cristhyan guillermo
apple just reveal a new iMac and guess what, it comes with something new....... different colors
PsychoPat 3 hours ago
I try to make my own stuff when i can it last way longer..
Van Owen
Van Owen 3 hours ago
When science meets commercial greed, its no doubt who wins. Tis a shame
Jason Rosenberg
Jason Rosenberg 4 hours ago
Private Central Banking, fiat currency and fractional reserve lending is the greatest open conspiracy that has enslaved humanity and is the financial driver behind the destruction of Earth.
Brian Kleinschmidt
Brian Kleinschmidt 4 hours ago
Phoebus Cartel. "Businessmen in the same trade rarely meet, but when they do, it always results in a conspiracy against the public." - Thomas Jefferson
ipKonfig.com 4 hours ago
We should all start a class action lawsuit against EVERY company that does this. Charge me more for something that lasts. But nickel and dime me for your crap ? F off corporations
Terel 4 hours ago
So you’re saying boycott every company
Emthesage EMM
Emthesage EMM 4 hours ago
Obsolescence will finally make the planet obsolete
Lachlan Gilbert
Lachlan Gilbert 4 hours ago
"you're more likely to sell your house than replace an LED bulb that you've installed inside it..." I wish this were accurate. But as the likes of the youtube channel Big Clive have proven, it is just as easy to implement planned obsolescence on LED bulbs as it is to on incandescent bulbs. There may well be LED light fixtures that are longer lasting that traditional bulbs, but I doubt the cheap LED bulbs you get at the supermarket are it.
ez icarus
ez icarus 5 hours ago
I.watched this twice
Mohsin Shaikh
Mohsin Shaikh 5 hours ago
Jokes on them ..i still use wood fire at night.
orange70383 5 hours ago
LED's are the first big improvement in a basic product without a lot of added expense in quite a long time.
Red Trek
Red Trek 5 hours ago
Imagine other conspiracy theories turning out to be true. Like the one about some of our brethren never taking their skin suits off. Wacky to think about.
Glen Waldrop
Glen Waldrop 5 hours ago
The manual transmission in my 1988 Ford Ranger had 3 rubber plugs near the top of the 5 speed manual transmission. It wasn't for machining, the only reason we can come up with for the rubber plugs in these transmissions is that after 100K miles of heat cycles the rubber plugs get dry and crack and leak, allowing the transmission fluid to slowly leak out. You don't monitor the fluid of a manual transmission the same way you do an automatic nor do they leak the same way. In this case there was never a puddle or a drip, it just slowly vaporized as the truck is driven. If you check under the truck you might notice an oil film but not find a leak. This let the oil get low which damaged the bearings, made third gear loud and made it difficult to put it in reverse after a long drive and the transmission was allowed to cool with it left in first gear. They put an expiration date in the transmission.
Glen Waldrop
Glen Waldrop 5 hours ago
Obi Wan Kenobi invented the perfect fiber!!
CBD Review UK
CBD Review UK 6 hours ago
Same thing with car tyres
Terence Wong
Terence Wong 6 hours ago
My first LED bulb lasted 8 years. Subsequently, the likes of Philips get into the fray of LEDs. Theirs last, on average just 2 years. My first LED bulb lasted 3 times that of Philips.
zach Heckart
zach Heckart 6 hours ago
Light bulbs lasted practically forever before the assistant made a new filiment, so I refuse to say he's the creator of the light bulb
berbandis 7 hours ago
Car seat expiration dates in a nut shell
Stacc Yeo
Stacc Yeo 8 hours ago
Oh boy do I love capitalism, it’s totally not actually destroying the world and killing millions :)
John Smythe
John Smythe 8 hours ago
I bet someone suspected that lightbulb life decreased but people told the person he/she was crazy
NordoCeltic 9 hours ago
Its a nice thought on LEDs, until manufacturers have started to make components inside them weaker so they now fail in 2000 to 3000 hours in some brands, and even faster in others. So greedy corportaions are up to their same old wasteful, evil tricks.
Rest in peace
Rest in peace 9 hours ago
10:40 Workers and scientists should've unite against factory owners, now that would be a much better movie (☭ ͜ʖ ☭)
Amme 9 hours ago
Samsung is very good at planned obsolescence
DJpuggs 9 hours ago
Funny that design a phone to make others feel out dated is a thing, because the only thing I want in a phone is a earphone-jack witch is an old design
Mitch Spurlock
Mitch Spurlock 9 hours ago
3.7k thumbs down are Apple shareholders.
Norberto Topete
Norberto Topete 9 hours ago
Excellent video!
Ajitesh Singh Thakur
And that my friends is why our future is fucked and we deserve it
Anto Noza
Anto Noza 10 hours ago
Volvo ...
The Truth
The Truth 10 hours ago
I'm pretty sure tech company did this. They have to keep one up'ing themselves every year for their new released product. I'm sure they can just throw their latest technology all at once, but they only did it slowly so costumer kept buying the newer product.
Adhem 10 hours ago
That was very good, thank you
No Bo
No Bo 10 hours ago
real conspiracies are so pervasive in our society that we never question its legitimacy
Corey M
Corey M 10 hours ago
Naw! Most stuff breaks because, it's complex and people are clumsy. Also, complication to components due to overheating or environmental related damage. The rest is genuine technological obsolescence that is constantly improving. There is a techno race to creating durable tech to send probes to Venus long term. I'm waiting for that. I have a WD 1 TB External Harddrive that I have been using consistently ever since 2008. I never dropped it and take great care of it. It has actually outlived several of my laptops too. Just had to switch out the AC Adapter and USB Cord. I even have a working iPod Video 80GB that I've had ever since 2006, I even have a very early V-Mem port PS1 Console that still works too. These are pretty simple built electronics. The reason they've lasted very long. This thin new crap is what I end up having fail on me after a couple years. Tablets, Laptops and other solid state stuff fails in just a couple years. Go hard. There's a reason the hard electronics with moving parts last 40 years and have the potential of lasting 100 years. I read from old-school tech enthusiasts on reddit that Western Digital lasts the longest in response to several cases of Harddrives lasting for decades. I think Controlled Obsolescence is mostly a myth after learning about tech based on old stuff built to still last in the 21st Century and remembering people saying they make cheap crap that breaks in a couple years ever since the Early 2000's. It's not entirely true if you know what to buy.
EpsilonKnight Hour ago
That's very true. Plenty of devices and tools failing can actually be traced to misuse, general wear and tear or even engineering problems that are solved in later years. Obviously that isn't to say that planned obsolescence doesn't happen (iphones for example) but it may honestly be to a lesser degree than many perceive.
Mr.Bo 10 hours ago
That's cool, great episode! However none of the commercially available led light bulbs lasts near to what it is declared to.
Socairnone 11 hours ago
After all we have heard of their policy of built in obsolescence I still find it hard to believe that sane working people would ever buy an apple product.
765kvline 11 hours ago
Very splendid and candid reveal about planned obsolescence.
EmeraldView 12 hours ago
If we had Universal Basic Income and equitably distributed wealth (rather than allowing it to be accumulated into fewer and fewer hands at the top who ultimately come to 'own' everything), then having products that last much longer, even indefinitely wouldn't be a problem. We as a society could use our time and resources in better ways to improve humanity, rather than constantly chasing our own tails.
WebBinary 12 hours ago
The led bulb has a capacitor that makes it to burn faster, and if you change it for a lower value it will last for a long time!
Fat Munch
Fat Munch 12 hours ago
Lightbulb cartels
Gio Mag
Gio Mag 12 hours ago
Great episode!! 🥰 Right to repair is absolutely essential for the environment AND is a basic-adjacent human right.
Sven Nguyen Van
Sven Nguyen Van 12 hours ago
So, this is a ripoff of the documentary "Kaufen für die Müllhalde: Geplante Obsoleszenz"
JameR GameR007
JameR GameR007 13 hours ago
What about the everlasting gobstopper?
JameR GameR007
JameR GameR007 13 hours ago
Planned obsolescence, Sony has been secretly doing to the PS3, PS4, and PS5.
Georg M
Georg M 13 hours ago
It's amazing the similarity of cadence with Tom Scott
Westwood Presnall
Westwood Presnall 13 hours ago
Anyone here with the iPhone 14?
Mr. Berardine
Mr. Berardine 13 hours ago
I try not to buy products that are known to use planned obsolescence. They are greedy sh*tholes, plain and simple. Anyone who thinks different has their hand in the corprations pocket in some way.
Tech Guy
Tech Guy 13 hours ago
I have bought an iPhone once. I was very glad with it until it broke shortly after warranty (of course). I will never buy an Apple device again.
Humzah Khan
Humzah Khan 14 hours ago
Wait... I just realized, Veritasium is an element of truth, cause it comes from whatever the root for truth was, I know in French truth is ‘verité’. That’s crazy, flew over my head this whole time.
Ben Cushwa
Ben Cushwa 14 hours ago
I have, rather unfortunately, had to replace several LED bulbs that I've installed. The LEDs may last forever, but the supporting electronics in some of the cheaper bulbs are not fond of power that isn't perfectly clean. (And I mean "perfectly clean" in the electrical engineering sense, not the green energy sense.)
Vigneshwaran Murugesan
+1 Subscriber :)
Vigneshwaran Murugesan
Wondering how US-first yet didn't remove this video. (Y)
Eric Borb
Eric Borb 14 hours ago
Damn ths video is about 17 minutes long but it feels like 1 hour
Maxamillion Jazzhands
dang casey neistat used to be a good guy
Adalberto Ruiz
Adalberto Ruiz 15 hours ago
If everyone had enough money, maybe mandatory obsolescence wouldn't be a problem 🤷‍♂️
Trevor Grindz
Trevor Grindz 15 hours ago
I have 5 printers and a flat scanner - ALL refuse to work anymore, & I can't for the life of me figure out why! I've always suspected that they were built to fail.
LaserDisc 15 hours ago
As always, greed has the upper hand Disgusting
ME Dibble
ME Dibble 15 hours ago
even the LED bulbs are built to fail however there is an LED bulb you can only buy in Dubai (the Dubai Bulb by Phillips) that has a greatly increased lifespan
Satwik Boina
Satwik Boina 15 hours ago
any tremendous change happening in the 20th century world war 2 comes and tears it apart
yodog 15 hours ago
You can apply this to almost anything, like medicine.
kbusse 15 hours ago
LED = Everlasting lightbulbs? No way… Yes, I have a few Toshiba LEDs and an early Bosch one that are still operating just fine. Anything I bought later needs to be replaced after a few years.
zoladkow 15 hours ago
There's this quote (can't recall where from) that immediately comes to mind: "Greedy bastards".
TheLovelyPotato 2 hours ago
Don't those "greedy bastards" hire millions of people?
Valentin Tomov
Valentin Tomov 16 hours ago
Nice remake of my favourite film "The light bulb conspiracy". And... No, LED bulbs are not for ever, either.
Ty Lowe
Ty Lowe 16 hours ago
Fabulous upload, great investigative work. I've watched a few of your videos before and this one was my favourite, brilliant 👌
Macgyver Siruma
Macgyver Siruma 16 hours ago
thats why spark plug this day has a resistor.
The Executed Code
The Executed Code 17 hours ago
Is this enough for you stupid iPhone users?
sashidemedia 17 hours ago
So if this video doesn't convince you. Apple is a product for sheeple. Idiots buy apple products. Smart people buy their stock
Technical Extreme
Technical Extreme 17 hours ago
This episode came many times in my in my Home Tab. But I was reluctant to click it because I was afraid of getting bored. I was wrong. One of the best videos on US-first.
Anything Mike
Anything Mike 17 hours ago
Right to repair.
Temp Bauer
Temp Bauer 17 hours ago
I don’t mind new colors or styles or design that make the person WANT the new version but things that don’t work as well and/or break that force consumer to NEED to buy new is bs
Temp Bauer
Temp Bauer 17 hours ago
Intentional planned obsolescence! The lite bulb ppl were the original masters of marketing/sales, the original gangsta biz men!
Mr Bardel
Mr Bardel 18 hours ago
capitalism need things to break ... cancer capitalism must die ...
sharfaz hameed
sharfaz hameed 18 hours ago
Great information. But honestly the way Elon Musk thinks very different n making life more convenient for people unlike these light bulb companies n imagine these idiotic authorizes making fine or penalty for making a good bulb.
David Lucey
David Lucey 18 hours ago
They are out to get you. Don’t get me started on big Pharma
Sarah 18 hours ago
basically profit incentive and capitalism...it would be better for the environment if things like this lasted longer....I'm so disgusted at this
The Goldey Family
The Goldey Family 19 hours ago
Wesley Andrew
Wesley Andrew 19 hours ago
I liked it. but 3.5k dislikes ? why ? can there be so many accidental clicks ?
Ankit Shaw
Ankit Shaw 19 hours ago
I purchased a light bulb two days ago and it lasted 24 hours....
Law Rence
Law Rence 19 hours ago
"But there are no conspiricies ... you are a nuthead if you believe there would be some people conspiring against other people ... no no, rich man only want the best for us"
Bhavik Yadav
Bhavik Yadav 19 hours ago
Please tell your friend Michael Stevens to be as consistent as you. We long for his content Amazing video btw
Arun Vignesh
Arun Vignesh 20 hours ago
Oooooh. This debunking is painful for both businesses owners and customers alike.
Simon Hawkins
Simon Hawkins 20 hours ago
But now they put fewer LED modules on a bulb so they get hotter and die sooner....
Game Pirate
Game Pirate 20 hours ago
I love this channel more than Vsauce. You present many original ideas in original ways.
BRIAN WILSON 20 hours ago
Every expensive long life, environmentally bulb I've bought has lasted a max of 6 months.
Campbell Tate
Campbell Tate 21 hour ago
You want to talk about conspiracies, how about the fact that Exxon and Shell researched and correctly predicted global warming as early as the 80s, and then proceeded to cover it up? Also, anything to do with US foreign policy in just about any country in Central or South America
Артем Коничек
So why we can't have nice things? I think, this video clearly shows us that we don't deserve it! At least in a modern state of mind. We create our future by our own hands and minds. In russian language one can say "Не нравится? Голосуй кошельком!" which means, in a long run, its always better for you to not buy and support stuff that bends you over.
Артем Коничек
Oh, TIL: there is english idiom "Voting with your wallet" with the same meaning. Didn't know that
elizabeth green
elizabeth green 21 hour ago
Show this in schools!
Swordmaster Sam
Swordmaster Sam 21 hour ago
I like the everlasting LED bulb, except I have a problem with it: the intensity and color. That bright white is very harsh compared to the soft orange of more traditional bulbs.
Kakwann 22 hours ago
LEDs have started to get worse for the same reason you mentioned. also i saw a video of some Philipps in Dubai. They have to make them more efficient for certain market. Basically, their lightbulb was using 2 time less power and was as bright as the american model. making it lasting longer also. but the product is not available to other markets because "Philipps".
GyanAddict 22 hours ago
And also, your phone and other devices are always tracked. No matter if you turn off your GPS, or even turn off your phone. You're always being watched. It's your permanent record.
kvasp0urmom 23 hours ago
You are a GOD. Thank you for your videos
Gumbar Limbits
Gumbar Limbits 23 hours ago
CaPiTaLIsM Is EfFicIeNt
Cynthia Allaire
Cynthia Allaire 23 hours ago
One large conspiracy is that you were persuaded by Operation Mockingbird and Bill Gates associate Dr. Fauci that two masks were protective while you were outside away from everyone but your camera person. Conventional masks are more likely to damage your health unless your sanding or trying to filter out smoke or dust.
That light reminds me of the bubble in Spongebob that was over a million years old.
Do Salt Lamps Work?
Does Planet 9 Exist?
My Life Story
Views 2.8M