Consumerism = 1. Advertisement - 2. Planned Obsolescence - 3. Credit.
These 3 stages of modern business are worth noting regarding the promulgation of today's world wide consumer system which is presently stripping the natural wealth of the planet for all inhabitants, including man.
Stage 1 (Advertisement) and 3 (Credit) are well known and often discussed in the mainstream arena. Stage 2 (Obsolescence) of the consumer process is much less talked about. Obsolescence is the state of being which an object, service or practice is no longer wanted, even though it may still be in good working order.
Thanks to these international, inter-company agreements (well illustrated here in the case of the light bulb's life-reduction over the last century) we really do have an identifiable template under which large companies are going to operate to maintain consistent profits. These agreements also foster alliances and understandings between the largest companies, solidifying the groups' monopoly/ duopoly/ oligopoly etc. over their particular market areas. If there is a display of competition and output styles between the different companies, there will at least be some agreements in place to preserve both a steady income and mutually beneficial consolidation for the established players involved. Negating any veritable competition. These collectivist tactics have been going on too long resulting in disastrous consequences globally, in ever-decreasing/expanding circles (how ever you see it) of self-interest.