Mods feel free to move this; it's a spinoff from the Communism vs. Capitalism thread. I posted that within the last decade or two, more and more goods are produced in other countries besides the U.S. and the result is lower quality. CO countered and said products are cheaper and better. I disagree. We have a washing machine that is less than two years old. It only cost $400, but it's not working properly now. It overflowed the other day and flooded the laundry room. It does not spin if it's set on medium or small load. Clothes that I buy cheaply don't last for more than a season or two. Even my Levi's - the original point of which was a sturdy garment that could be worn every day and last - don't make it longer than two years, usually less, before they start literally coming apart at the seams. Cheap toys are tainted with lead paint. Cell phones rarely last longer than two years, and they are hardly cheap, unless you go with a provider that has a "new every two" program that gives you a free phone. My toaster only cost $10; it is less than three years old and no longer pops up, I have to do it manually or burn my toast. Granted all of this is largely anecdotal, but that's what I've got to go on, and it's what I'm basing my argument on. What's your opinion/experience?