This author is nuts...$25 for a single pair of socks, $400 for a pair of jeans. This guy is living in a bubble and I'd bet he's written an article on how millenials are screwed or how Americans can't get out of debt while drinking his $12 Grande Latte coffee.
"There is no reason that a telephone should not be made to last 15 or 20 years."
Yes dude there is. At the speed that technology develops, companies would be stupid to focus on making a phone so durable that someone is still using it 15-20 years later.
Would any of you give up your smart phone for a 20 year old phone that's as big as a brick, almost as heavy as one and has a permanently affixed protruding antenna? And it can't do ANYTHING but make calls. No GPS, no apps etc...