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Product Crippling (src: Ethics of Design)
… the fiscal resources available to consumers vary, therefore companies take the approach to offer a lower price product, with less features making the product available to more consumers while also offering a higher priced product with more features to the top end consumers (Timmer, 2012).
Several notable examples of this:
IMB Laser Printer
In 1990 IMB launched their LaserPrinter E, an economy version of their popular LaserPrinter. (Deneckere and McAfee, 1996, p.153) These two products were found to be virtually identical, except the economy version was programmed to print slower:
This was not received well by the public (Timmer, 2012).
Intel 486SX and 486DX processor
Sennheiser HD 555 and Sennheiser HD 595
"a distinctive (and derogatory) vocabulary"
(John Timmer, "Not wasteful, but unethical: why we hate crippled products"Ars Technica):
"crippleware," "product sabotage," "anti-features," "defective by design," and "damaged goods."