urger: I have craftsman stuff that my great-grandpa first bought. And I have some crap that I bought recently that sucked ass but also had the Craftsman name on it. Sad to see a brand that once was the watchword of quality destroyed by MBAs.
Elzar: urger: I have craftsman stuff that my great-grandpa first bought. And I have some crap that I bought recently that sucked ass but also had the Craftsman name on it. Sad to see a brand that once was the watchword of quality destroyed by MBAs.Jesus craftsman has been cheap chinese donkey balls for years and years now...
KrispyKritter: many years ago the pride of manufacturing high quality made in america began to die due to greed. the practice of bullies in business began being taught in colleges and universities. the do anything, lay a company to waste Mitt Romney Bain mentality that made the rich even richer while working stiffs were left in the gutter. and Wall Street goons make mad money gambling on nothing at all derivatives and other nonsense while you and i watch both manufacturing and support jobs fly fly away.
Znuh: It's insane - as AbbySomeone stated, I dig earlier stuff for its solidity and functionality; never in my life would I expect that large, name brand appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, etc.) would turn into high cost, 'disposable' items.New Washer from LG? Lasted two years. Call up LG, ask for the part (circuitboard) and.... 'we're sorry, we don't support that model anymore'. Mom's ancient Maytag from the 70s? Bombproof.Doing things cheaply results in cheap things. Sears shafted me good with their new line of chainsaws. Chinese knockoffs of Husquvarna. Looked good, until we got the thing halfway through a large log and discovered the Chinese forgot to copy the bar oiling hole. Bar ate itself, chain destroyed.Sad to see they're doing this with Craftsman. Sears and Roebuck must be spinning in their graves.
JonZoidberg: You forgot an important item: consumers want the cheapest solution, regardless of quality, in many if not most cases. We'd rather go to Harbor freight and buy disposable power and hand tools if we only have a few jobs for them. Businesses met that demand with a race to the bottom that the consumer is complicit in.
Dilvias: You can find a high quality, made from titanium, guaranteed for life pair of pliers... for 100 bucks.
knowless: There aren't any American made tool brands, not for electric, not even most air driven, been that way for awhile..Is this seriously news to anyone?
SCUBA_Archer: Dilvias: You can find a high quality, made from titanium, guaranteed for life pair of pliers... for 100 bucks.Tommy: Let's think about this for a sec, Ted. Why would somebody put a guarantee on a box? Hmmm, very interesting.Ted Nelson, Customer: Go on, I'm listening.Tommy: Here's the way I see it, Ted. Guy puts a fancy guarantee on a box 'cause he wants you to feel all warm and toasty inside.Ted Nelson, Customer: Yeah, makes a man feel good.Tommy: 'Course it does. Why shouldn't it? Ya figure you put that little box under your pillow at night, the Guarantee Fairy might come by and leave a quarter, am I right, Ted?[chuckles until he sees that Ted is not laughing]Ted Nelson, Customer: [impatiently] What's your point?Tommy: The point is, how do you know the fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer? "Building model airplanes" says the little fairy; well, we're not buying it. He sneaks into your house once, that's all it takes. The next thing you know, there's money missing off the dresser, and your daughter's knocked up. I seen it a hundred times.Ted Nelson, Customer: But why do they put a guarantee on the box?Tommy: Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shiat. That's all it is, isn't it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. But for now, for your customer's sake, for your daughter's sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality product from me.
Mr. Potatoass: knowless: There aren't any American made tool brands, not for electric, not even most air driven, been that way for awhile..Is this seriously news to anyone?I own, use, and am satisfied with the following brands. I'm sure some are made in the US:DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Delta, Milwaukee, Channel Lock, Klein, Rigid, Irwin, and a couple of Stanley tape measures./I also use a 55 year old Craftsman chalk line that belonged to my father
DigitalCoffee: I went through EVERY box on the shelves (all brands and models) and only found ONE not made in China, it was some expensive (over $100) German contraption that made SINGLE cups of coffee.
DigitalCoffee: I'd be happy just to get a coffee maker that would last more than a year.[csb]Couple years ago for Christmas i got one of those Hamilton Beach Brew Stations. In less than a year the plunger broke. I got lucky in that it broke in the closed position. Many had it break in the open and had hot coffee run everywhere. Then I got a Sunbeam 12 cup coffee maker. That lasted less than a year when it just stopped working. The light on the switch worked, but it would not brew. That was replaced with a Mr. Coffee that ended up dead in about 8 months just like the Sunbeam. Now I have a Black & Decker coffee maker that's lasted 2 weeks so far. Every single one of those was made in China. I went through EVERY box on the shelves (all brands and models) and only found ONE not made in China, it was some expensive (over $100) German contraption that made SINGLE cups of coffee. It use to be that you got a new coffee maker when you broke the carafe, not when the maker just stopped working.[/csb]/use to be that you would strip the head on a frozen bolt with your socket//now the bolt stays intact and the socket shatters into pieces :-(///farking Chinese crap
TV's Vinnie: The Craftsman and Kenmore brands are the ONLY excuses that Sears still has to justify it's continuing existence. One recent report on Consumerist told about a guy who sprung for stainless steel Kenmore Elite brand appliances for his new house, and within a few weeks it starts showing rust spots and not even being able to keep a carton of ice cream from turning into soup.[consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com image 600x450]Cheap Chinese sh*t, obviously.Methinks Sears isn't just doomed, it's going to epic implode a la Circuit City.
DigitalCoffee: I'd be happy just to get a coffee maker that would last more than a year.
sendtodave: This is Fark. It'd be easier for you to just blame a) the Chinese or b) the corporations for being all corporation-y and making money.
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