My 50-year-old Braun food processor needed a new part, and Braun can no longer supply it. So I took it to a local precision engineering firm and asked them if they could make the part I needed. I collected it today, and it's as good as new.
Dad brought a very posh Kenwood food processor for me to use over Christmas. I'm very glad he did - it really lightened the load. But now I'll be happy to hand it over to my sister Stephanie and use my old Braun instead. In another 50 years' time, the Kenwood will be long dead, because they deliberately make consumer gadgets to break down frequently. But I believe there's every chance my Braun will still be going strong, because it was made before they thought of planned obsolescence, when things were still built to last.