One Reason Consumers Get Inferior Products

One Reason Consumers Get Inferior Products shoe soles lifted
This should not happen after six weeks of wear.

 

Why are prices continually on the rise for practically everything while quality keeps going down?  Is this the new ploy companies are using these days to boost their bottom line since whatever we seem to buy needs replacing much sooner than years before due to inferior products?

Let me illustrate.  My guy bought a pair of inexpensive Champion running shoes from Target. Instead of wearing them right away, he forgot about them for a while and set them aside in their box.  Finally, he decided to wear them.  Everything seemed fine for about six weeks.

One Reason Consumers Get Inferior Products Champion shoes
This is the pair of shoes after six weeks of wear.

 

Driving home, he felt something under his feet like the car’s floor mat slipped and coming up, getting in the way of his gas and brake petals.  However, this was not due to our floor mat since ours does lock in place.   When he finally came home, he noticed the shoes had separated at the sole on one shoe.

I don’t know about you, but I think consumers deserve longer than six weeks of wear before needing to buy another pair so soon.  He called the Champion Company about the substandard quality of those shoes and the bad glue used.

Instead of showing any regard for the consumer, the company never returned his call as they said they would.  Why would they bother?  They know the consumer has no other choice because this is the extent of the quality that you can expect these days.

Therefore, it is a good idea to always pack an extra pair of shoes in your car. Yet, shoes are just one example of this substandard quality and inferior products these days .

Cleaning products are another category of inferior products that you need to be careful with.  I had bleach that I assumed was in the same plastic container as always, only the ingredients of this new plastic were so weak that it leaked through the bottle all over my laundry room floor.  The bleach was powerful enough to eat through this thin material to make a hole.  Watch your cleaning products carefully because they are not to be trusted.

Makeup is still another.  I remember compacts and palettes used to be made of plastic, not cardboard and come with brushes and sponge tipped applicators.  Of course, those tools were not the best, but they were inside and handy.

I can go on and on about the dropping quality of things we buy today, which is really sad when you think about it.  Profit is one thing, but making inferior products that the companies manufacture deliberately with cheaper materials just to keep us buying is wrong.  Did you have any experiences like this lately?

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4 Comments

  1. Jackie
    September 1, 2017 / 12:46 am

    Yes…I think this is so true. Not only with small items, but bigger items like vacuums, washing machines and dryers. My mom's washing machine lasted 15-20 years. We are lucky if we get 7 or 8 years out of it before needing to replace it.

  2. Rusthawk
    September 1, 2017 / 10:25 am

    3K macbook harddrive failed one month out of warranty. Display light on our Krups coffeemaker failed about 2 months out of warranty. (These fall under planned obsolescence, imo.) Plastic grocery sacks that split open when carrying them in from the car. Seams in clothing that come undone.And don't even get me started on doctors that barely speak English, making it difficult to communicate important information.

  3. baby cake
    September 1, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I agree with what Jackie said. My mothers washing machine I know lasted at least 20 years. The whole time growing up I don't remember the fridge breaking or anything. In 20 years of being with hubby, we have gone through 4 washing machines and are now on number 5. I totally agree that they are making crappy products in order to get the consumer to spend more.

  4. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    September 1, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Hi!Here's a good one for all of you. My grandmother had a Hamilton dryer that lasted 25 years without ever needing to have it repaired. That dryer was built so well that the company went out of business. Another good one is for ALL the electric coils we replaced in our electric stove. The new stuff is so weak too with inferior metal because of bad construction. Did you notice how many times that you now need to replace parts for sinks, stoves, washers, etc. Each year it seems to be getting worse.Why is it that glass carafes from coffeemakers never break, but the machine does quickly? Everytime you buy a new machine, the coffee pots don't ever seem to match either. I think the companies make them slightly different sizes on purpose.Toaster ovens are another joke. I went through how many in a short time. This is another crazy thing.

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