We need to realise that most of us are not so much buying things themselves as much as the services they render. Unless you've made a hobby of collecting vintage power-drills, you don't care so much about the drill itself as you do for the hole it makes. In The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken provides case-studies of business firms, such as Interface Carpet, which have moved to a leasing model where you lease the service of carpeting rather than buying physical carpet. This has many desirable effects, such as moving many expenditures from the CapEx to the OpEx column, and the provider (e.g., Interface) is contractually obligated to maintain the carpet and replace it upon wear-out. Another desirable outcome: manufacturers are incented to create more robust and durable physical goods, because they will be servicing and ultimately disposing of them. Moving to this model will meet vehement resistance, with many people crying out 'Socialism!' and other epithets, but even free-market ideologues should rejoice as it internalises many hitherto externalised costs and provides an accounting basis for them.