So, with great reluctance, I hopped onto the online apple store to buy a new magsafe charger for our various MacBook Pros. Out of the six or so chargers we've had over the years, the only one that still works is the 10 year old one we got with the first MacBook Pro. The newest charger hasn't survived a year. One recently melted through the cable, with smoke coming from it.
I was about to buy one, and noticed the reviews. 608 Reviews with an average of 1.5 out of 5. Most saying the same thing- they just aren't durable. They stop working, fray, overheat, are very expensive- and people have to keep replacing them.
Are there any consumer protection laws to stop manufacturers selling such bad quality (and I suspect, designed to fail) products? How are manufacturers allowed to keep selling these?
As a side note, the computers themselves have been durable- one of ours fell off the roof of a 4WD a km into the journey. Some of the aluminum was sheared off each of the corners as it bounced on the road, but years later it's still working well. That doesn't make the chargers any less dodgy though...