Why is the power cord for a macbook so poorly designed?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I have just ordered a $71 power cord because the wire connection to the 25-cent magnetic connector has come loose. It would be a much better design if the wire had a plug at both ends -- either a second magnetic connector or a sliding plug (like the one for the 3-prong cord) would do just fine. That way I could be tossing just the wire, rather than the whole device. This would be simpler, cheaper, and better for the environment -- fewer transformers in the dump. Apple could still overcharge for the wire, so greed can't be the only reason.

Am I right? If so, is there a way to get Apple to do this.
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