Consumers really need to get hip to the fact the warranty/guarantee time period for electronics and mechanical entertainment/conveniences is how long the device will likely last, plus a month or two.
Of course they're designed this way.
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1988: Most still work today. Original cost, $100. $5 at junk shops today.
Sony PlayStation 3, 2010: Dies in two years in almost every instance. $300+
Sunbeam blender, 1975: Most still work today, if glass carafe still exists. Original cost, $20. $10 at junk shops.
Sunbeam blender, 2011: Dies within 1 - 3 years, depending on use. The new glass carafes do not fit the older models, either. $45
Royal Portable Model 1 Typewriter, 1928: First "laptop," if cared for, will work indefinitely. Original cost, $6. $50 in nice condition at antique stores.
Any given laptop bought after 2010: Battery dies within six months. $150 fix. Physically breaks within two years. Becomes obsolete by industry "standards" in a year. Cost to acquire/replace: $800 - $2500.
Livin' cool and fun ain't easy. Or cheap. Plus, it's showing us that the second-hand stores, which depend on goods that are useable (and re-usable) to be a dying breed soon, except perhaps for clothing (even that is in doubt). It'll either be high-priced antique stores or Wal-Mart.
Always low standards. Always.