/ they just dont make things like they used...
However, so far this year the following 'quality' items have let me down:
a platypus bladder that sprung a leak after 2-3 months use
a leatherman that broke after 2 months...and hardly even used it in that time
the strap of a 'Nite' watch...laughably aimed at 'special forces' which has just snapped after 8 months use
a saddle-bag - not branded but well-reviewed on amazon....zip broke whilst out on a trail and tools lost
Now, am i just being unlucky? Or do all these 'lifetime guarantees' mean very little and are just a way to sucker people into believing their products are indestructible and then counting on the fact that a lot of people wont bother to return things for repair??
We looked at LED lighting at work and got lots of samples in. The only ones of any quality were not from China. By the time we ordered them they had shifted production to China. While the 'manufacturer', packaging, design and model number were exactly the same the country of manufacture label read China. The light output and build quality were woeful. Considering we had paid well over what we could gave paid for the "same" product from another manufacturer.
Replacement is not the issue (all of the above companies agreed to a replacement) but when you live far away from a postman then its all a bit of a drag. I now have to wait until May when i return home to the UK to get things replaced...either that or pay a lot of money in couriers fees which would rather defeat the object.
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