I have plenty of older appliances that are still chugging along, they were definitely made to last. I've also had plenty of newer, keyword, appliances and PC parts fail on me personally, on the electronics level. Whether that's a newer result of cheap consumers demanding cheap products, with the inevitable result being more failures, or the greedy manufacture feeding consumers cheaper and cheaper products that they can't resist of course, the end result is still the same. More money to the maker for the shoddy product built and endlessly replaced. More money being the bottom line few businessmen can look passed, imo, few of whom wouldn't look at this new system of buy-soon to fail-replace as anything but good for their business.
It isn't all encompassing at this point, far from it. But I think it will only become more common in the future. A 10 year old receiver or microwave still plugs along today, gratefully, but who's to say where today's will be 10 years from now.