I earned a lot more parting out my old MacBook Airs than I would selling them as a full unit with well-worn charger and battery.
Learned a lot too about the internals.
And I sold every component. Even the screws.
Ebay is the best place to sell parts, yes. Prepare for some shrinkage as it's easy to scam new Ebay sellers.
Usually you just need a special screwdriver ($2-3 or so from eBay from Asia).
Ship everything in anti-static bags and reused Amazon packaging.
Why? Dont normal screw dont work in Apple devices? Or do people think they dont? Are their heads more beautiful?
Not an apples-apples comparison, but for PCs you can buy cheap sets of standard screws you can use for a long time:
(not a referral link and I have no connection with the vendor - it was just top result in an amazon search)
As far as measurement being difficult : we're already talking about major disassembly of a device here. These fasteners are small, sure, but I would hope that anyone that is undertaking the task of disassembling whichever expensive product already knows how to manage a magnifying glass and a ruler or caliper.
With all that said : with an Apple/Lenovo/Dell product, screw sets can be had on amazon/ebay for extraordinarily cheap. Measurement and fastener acquisition only really happens on one-off models and flighty brands.
I don’t think regulation is bad, per se, but my preference is for changes like these to come from the market instead of the statehouse.
Unfortunately this article clearly demonstrates the problems companies face when they try to improve longevity at the cost of performance. Apple implemented processor throttling based on measured battery condition to improve the longevity of their devices, but even in this article, seemingly focused on device longevity, they still receive criticism for this decision:
"But even consumers who hang onto their old iPhones for as long as possible learned in 2017 that Apple released a software update that slows down old phones to counteract aging lithium-ion battery problems."
Because replaceability and longevity are hidden and obfuscated by the manufacturer. How can you talk about 'preference' when consumers don't have the information in the first place, or, in many cases, even any alternatives?
Particularly when iphone batteries have honestly not shown to be that difficult to replace batteries of. But when you start throttling perceived performance, you're not willing to replace battery for something that as far as you know has lost it's ability to perform at it's original capacity.
I agree with your first point, but it's frankly absurd to imply that secret CPU throttling is a remotely acceptable manner of extending longevity.
I used to do computer repair and the number of people who were furious to discover, years after they bought it, just how uneconomical it was to repair certain Apple products due to how unmodular those products were.
Plus say I'm buying headphones, obviously (to technologically aware people) wireless ones will break more often because they have more parts that can break and have batteries that will eventually go out. But after that I'm kind of stuck with buying a brand that has a good history, people don't write reviews of currently available products saying "I've owned these for 6 years now and they still work". And even if those reviews exist the company may have changed the internals of the product by now so that review is no longer valid.
Sure consumer purchase patterns don't reward building for longevity and I agree with that, but I disagree that consumers have necessarily expressed they don't care very much about it.
And Apple already runs a fairly generous program for old iPhones, which btw, last far longer than their Android counter-parts.
Anyway, not to say that Apple can't improve its recycling process (or incentive systems for consumers to recycle) but to my knowledge, it's far ahead of the competition.
Since they dont do that, its more appropriate to blame Apple than its customers. Customers cannot choose between replaceable batteries and bulk, only between the packages that companies offer.
But these AirPods are so damn tiny it's hard to imagine them being constructed in any way that isn't filled with glue and making clean battery replacement straight up impossible.
Shame Samsung Buds sound quality isn't high based on all the reviews... because it has easy to replace coin battery.
My AirPods have outlasted two sets of EarPods.
The whole touch-IC debacle is crazy. The fact that they fix it by just replacing the board with another one that will be defective in X months instead of actually soldering it correctly is a disgrace.
And a failed drive in our iMac made the Apple store declare it broken beyond repair and offered us to replace most of the device which would be about as expensive as buying a new one.
I ended up doing it myself. I will never get another iDevice.
TBH I'm astonished at what Apple customers accept.
If the indicator doesn't do what it's supposed to then why would you accept it once? Why would someone accept it 5 times??
As a comment, if the other parts of the laptop can fail it's not unreasonable to think that the moisture indicator could also fail.