Good points raised Kyle, but of course some might argue that you might be slightly biased.. ;-)
In all seriousness though, as pointed out eloquently by @GeorgeMonbiot 's must read article on consumerism: "Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out" in @guardian http://bit.ly/1d6RfZB just last week, our world economy is too much geared for "growth at all costs".. sadly but understandably, firms are trying to ensure people 'buy' more and 'fixing' things are sadly is against the present market's DNA..
Unless of course if consumers ask the right question(s) and look for 'alternatives'..
For example, for those who can afford the bags that are 'guaranteed' for life, like Bally, Tumi, Briggs & Riley etc. they can easily be 'fixed' by the vendor! However, sadly most find them too expensive..
Equally, from gadgetry to white goods, we need more viable 'choices' and more brands and manufacturers (not only exclusive ones) that create products that lasts.. and can be fixed by ourselves or by experts.
I would like to assert that what our world desperately needs therefore are products that are "Designed and Built TO LAST.." hopefully still affordable and make economic sense in the long run.
Will this become a reality? or have we past the point of no return, I wonder. I certainly hope its the former!