Wrong. It is the whims of the masses that are directed by PR and advertising.
Most people would be happy to pay twice as much for an item that lasts 5 times longer. In fact, some products (like cleaning products) are marketed precisely with a slogan containing this context.
It is not the public that asks for poor quality products. It is poor quality products that are enforced on the masses because there is no better quality alternative.
Making computers that never break and buildings that never fall down and clothes that never fall apart would be contrary
to the workings of the capitalist system.
Opposed, as in character or purpose: contrary opinions; acts that are contrary to our code of ethics.
Opposite in direction or position: Our boat took a course contrary to theirs. See Synonyms at opposite
Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval: playing scales in contrary motion.
Adverse; unfavorable: a contrary wind.
Given to recalcitrant behavior; willful or perverse.
n. pl. con·trar·ies 1.
Something that is opposite or contrary.
Either of two opposing or contrary things: "Truth is perhaps . . . a dynamic compound of opposites, savage contraries for a moment conjoined" (A. Bartlett Giamatti).
A proposition related to another in such a way that if the latter is true, the former must be false, but if the latter is false, the former is not necessarily true.
In an opposite direction or manner; counter: The judge ruled contrary to all precedent in the case.
Idioms: by contraries Obsolete
In opposition to what is expected.
on the contrary
In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
to the contrary
To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contary, this contract is fair.