ef37a wrote:Yes Hugh but people must see this as bad policy and not buy from them (another word for it is "greed")...
Are you asking or telling?
We're old, we appreciate the value of a decent manual, and we have the skills to understand the manual.
I don't know if all of those points are linked... but a lot of younger people don't share them and if a manual is provided it goes straight in the bin unopened.
Some once said. "It is almost always possible for someone to make something a little cheaper and a little worse".
Very true -- and it's proven every day.
I had to retune the Freeview telly the other day. When I did some research to find out why I discovered it's because more terrestrial TV channels are being cleared and sold off for 5G. The result is that some of the +1 channels have gone -- no great loss -- but so have some of the HD channels... so much for the importance of the high-definition, high quality service then... A little cheaper and a little worse! We now have a situation on Freeview where most channels are of a visibly lower quality than we used to get with analogue 625 line broadcasts.
Satellite broadcasts will be safe for a while yet, but terrestrial broadcasting's days are most definitely numbered. 5G mobile network providers can pay far more than the broadcasters can, and in any case, the number of viewers who want scheduled broadcasts are decreasing rapidly. Most now want on-demand narrowcasts.
...Not that that has anything to do with manuals... you just triggered a reaction with your quote!