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Built-in obsolescence. I bet the “Green New Deal” will sneak in some proviso to change the three-pronged plug/outlet…just to screw us all. They may demand we adopt some European shit as well.

@RangerJohn
Very true.
Most manufacturers are doing this.
No longer "excellence of product"
Now "upgrade or replacement" of product.

@Karl_W_Braun True, however from my experience living in Europe, the 220 VAC vs 110 VAC and the 50 Hz vs 60 Hz made life complicated (and dangerous) at times LOL.

@RangerJohn

One manufacturer that has elegantly dealt with these complications is Philips, whose products automatically detect and adjust to the local power characteristics.

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