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Spare parts cost more than original

I have one of the very popular Bosch Athlet stick vacuum cleaners and the charger has stopped working. I still don’t understand how a completely sealed no moving parts charger can just stop working but this is not my problem. I rang Bosch and they told me that a new one costs about $60 dollars. Thinking I may as well refresh the batteries while I’m at it, I asked about new batteries. I was told it was over $400 for the batteries !! I know the argument in the past has been the cost of carrying spare parts but this is a very popular item still in use today so there must be a demand for spare batteries. Why throw away a perfectly good vacuum cleaner because if the batteries. This is a perfect example of inbuilt obsolescence.

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