One charger to charge them all …

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Capitalist companies are, you know, impossibly greedy and quite oblivious to the genuine needs of customers. They are good, very good, at enticing us to buy products which we do not need nor truly want. The system, in itself, is a conundrum of unnecessary duplications: what’s the point of having shoes of different colours, or ties with different patterns? It is thus a relief to know that governments are watching out for consumers’ interests and properly setting standards which may spare us useless duplications and waste. Take the European Union. In the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, between the adoption of one package of sanctions and the other, while searching for new energy supplies outside Russia, the almighty European authorities also succeeded in harmonising chargers for all portable devices: cellphones and tablets.” (06/08/22)