Originally Posted by LarryChanin
Please, don't encourage more of these paranoid delusional conspiracy theories. In the extremely unlikely case he can dredge up something vaguely credible on the stupidity of Radio Shack, what does that have anything to do with Toshiba?
It's already been pointed out the supreme illogic of any manufacturer deliberately sabotaging their products. Would such a stupid strategy induce you to re-purchase their product?!
What exactly is the point of this off-topic march into fantasyland?
If I could continue off topic a bit more...
I wouldn't exactly call it a march into fantasyland. I had a microwave oven fail mysteriously on day 366 of a 365 day warranty. I don't even want to think about the odds of that happening as a result of parts malfunction. Instead, it goes by another name - 'planned obsolescence'.
As for sabotaging products... how about keeping the revenue stream rolling in. While this incident didn't keep me from purchasing another - same make and model - I did it more for finding out if it does it again. Since the microwave didn't cost me anything directly and was relatively inexpensive, I thought it would be an interesting observation if it does.
While I agree this pactice is not and should not be standard, or even acceptable behavior, or barely practiced, I would not put it past some less ethically inclined manufacturers in various parts of the world, stamping out consumer electronics. Plus, a "time-bomb" is very easy to trigger and would be very difficult to prove - short of taking the time to reverse engineer the firmware. Something even Consumer Reports is not likely to do. And, given these economically challenging times makes the practice at least more tempting.
Just my .02.