Originally Posted by rustic
isnt that true with just about everything?
Not necessarily, it depends on how unique the product is. The Cubans are able to keep thousands of pre mid 50"s U.S. cars running without parts from the American car companies. They do this by repairing parts that we would consider unsalvageable or by hacking substitutes.
They do have an advantage in that because of the large portion of their cars that are popular U.S.makes that they will do anything to keep them running including hacking together replacement parts.
For us in this country the lesson is when we pick a new product we should think of how can it be maintained if the manufacturer is out of business. For cars it's not a major concern because if all the U.S. car companies go out of business we will still be able to get parts for years and years because entrepreneurs here and abroad will jump in to manufacture spare parts. The business driver here is the BIG
demand for those parts.
The lesson for me If I am going to buy a lamp fixture, I want be buy one with easily replaceable bulbs that are readily available from other sources. I would not buy one that that has a proprietary sole sourced bulb.