reply to Bob
Re: Brand names
said by Bob:
You can thank Wal-Mart.
said by stevek1949:I hate Wal Mart as much as the next guy, and avoid it like the plague, but I concur with stevek1949 here. Wal Mart is simply the facilitator of people's demand for cheap shit.
I am not sure that we didn't contribute to the downfall of quality to ourselves. Just a quick perusal of the forums on DSLR will show any number of people asking for cheapest this, cheaper that, including labor on any project.
The manufacturers, including the ones nunya listed, faced a decision: lower their prices (and subsequently their quality) in order to get their products in Wal Mart and Home Depot, or close shop.
If people would have continued demanding high quality stuff, and most importantly continued to pay for it, it would still be around.