Deliberatly debased parts are just as expensive to manufacture as normal ones . . . BUT THE OBJECT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO ESCAPE FASHION. This is the fundemental characteristic of the series: the objects that compose it are weakend on a systematic basis. In a world of (relative) affluence, the shoddiness of objects replaces the scarcity of objects as the expression of poverty.
Baudrillard, The System of Objects, p157 (emphasis in original)