It seems to me we have developed the most frustrating situation in our global economies. At this point.. nothing is 'real'. ? What I mean is - we are literally building to rebuild, consume to consume and repeat. I dont think I need to explain the dilema of consumerism to most people in here, however I think Ive stumbled across a real, workable way to escape this evil beast. Quality. This was true back in the early days of the home electronics revolution. Personally, I have a phone that is about 40 years old. It works perfectly fine. Soon after it was engineered, we started creating 'disposable' crap because it probably dawned on the people making phones - they would eventually have no more jobs creating phones. OK .. So the corporations will NOT go along with this but why cant WE find ways to do this. You wont make any money - so that should eliminate any pretenders. Now Im trying to think of ways to beat the system. The goal is to buy one item and have it last as longggggg as possible (and be as upgradeable and useful as possible). Now they find ways around this. by changing the technology as they go (rendering my perfectly good analog cell phone obsolete or expensive) But still.. what can you suggest to end consumerism in YOUR daily life? Remember - its not 'either or'. In my case, I deliberately bought a computer which has room for maximum upgrading. Its 5 years old and I still have no intentions or reasons to buy a new one. One thing I REALLY like are the 'wind up' Radio's out there. Very solid and do not require batteries to be consumed again and again. Another way to eliminate the 'rotating consumerism' is simply patience. I refuse to buy a DVD player until they come out with a DVD/RW (and ideally VHS Combo) That way Im not buying a DVD player twice (like almost everyone will be doing). Keep in mind, they absolutely deliberately 'stage' these releases to the public because they KNOW you cant tape shows with a DVD player, So you still need your VHS... THEN release DVD/RW so you 'Re-buy' again. Anyone who digs what im getting at - Drop your ideas here! This could change the world if we can find the ways and use our imaginations.