again. they did not change to meet market demands. and bloated overload like sears... sears was great from 1900 thru about 85. and again.. super stores like walmart started killing them. their main holdout was tools. now harbor freight is killing everybody who sells non name brand tools.
lets face it. you can either buy 2-3 name brand type tools.. or non name tools. non name tools include store brands and such. of those.. HF is price leder. and with a no hassle warranty for hand tools, and prices sometimes 1/3 of a store brand.. and liekly made in the same factory.. why pay more.
in 1980 and 1990.. you still say alot of cottage community CHEAP junky tools out of the asian market... but watch out now.. they have tooled up and heck.. even craftsman tools come out of china, depe nding on what you get. was in sears a year ago to get a warranty trade out on a clicker ratchet wrench.. tool i handed them had no plastic on it.. one I got back had plastic.. but oh well. in any case.. flip over the wrench.. and zing.. made in china..