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.

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.


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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