Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go to Die
Another piece for the Wall of Fame here from Zero Hedge. I’m nominating this piece purely more for pointing out this atrocity rather than for the actual content. If you didn’t know about these new car graveyards (like me) then prepare to be shocked. The images in this piece are the most powerful part.
“It’s hard to believe that there are so many unsold cars in the world but its true. The worst part is that the amount of unsold cars keeps on getting bigger every day.”
There are literally hundreds of lots like the one shown above where brand new cars sit and rot. Car manufacturers buy up land to fill with cars. They know they will make more cars than people can buy so they actually plan for this nonsense. But the problem is not the recession or that people just won’t be good consumers. The problem is that manufacturers won’t let up production because it would be bad for the friggin economy.
What a cycle we’ve found ourselves in.
We are literally using up precious nonrenewable resources and taking up land for absolutely no reason. Plus, they’ll never sell these cars at a discount because then no one would buy the more expensive cars. I should be able to look up ”wasteful” in the dictionary and find the General Motors logo.
Sure, making fewer cars would hurt for a while. Many jobs would be affected if this change didn't include a paradigm shift that allowed for more people to live comfortably on working less. Or maybe even creating jobs that didn’t rely on the destruction of our natural resources. But the fact remains that our planet cannot survive this endless and pointless production-consumption cycle. “As it is, there are more cars than there are people on the planet with an estimated 10 billion roadworthy cars in the world today.” And production is only growing.
“Manufacturing more cars than can be sold is against all logic, logistics and economics but it continues day after day, week after week, month after month, year in year out.”
The article says that there is no solution, or at best that the solution is to sell them. Which I clearly disagree with. The solution for the future of this manufacturing is simply to just keep up with demand and not surpass it...and even that is still too much production! This is insane. It’s not a painless solution but we have got to stop thinking like economy driven drones that believe endless growth and consumption must continue to keep up the status quo. Because the status quo is going to be the end of us.
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