There is nothing more disturbing than to hear the words "Sorry, we have discontinued that range". It is of course a sales driver by reinventing a product in the market and force people into buying it by discontinuing the old one.
Especially if it's a product in general use. I think here of Windows 7, now defunct and all users have to buy into Windows 8 whether they like it or not.
My camera, top of the polls when it was launched, but now discontinued as a new smaller one has been launched. Your friend's problems with the speakers. And your fears about the lighting, on and on we go.
Nothing is finite and companies, governments, social media and everyone else has learned the game how to score.
Any new idea that rocks the bandwagon is fiercely resisted and criticized, even maligned. Look what happens with all of the bad stories and fights about crypto. And in the middle of this malaise is us. The consumers, with no say of course.
You are so right in saying that we own nothing except the shirts on our backs and I am sure that a way will be found to also govern crypto when it really takes off.
Just my own thoughts here in response to your great post my friend.