What's better, a computer from 2000, or a computer from 2008? Answer: the one from 2000! The one from 2008 had the infamous Nvidia BGA problem - result, beautiful hardware, only 4 years old, no longer works. There was a program to compensate people who bought this flawed design (which is also responsible for the Xbox 360's Red Ring of Death), but it ended two years ago.

My wall oven from 2005 just had to have an igniter replaced, $50. My dishwasher from 2010 needed a front panel switch assembly, covered under warranty.

Manufacturers should be designing things to last ten years without any service. By that standard, the products we get today are much worse than the ones we could buy ten years ago.