Funny you mention that. I distinctly think of that when I see a Swiffer
commercial. The person using that regular dust brush is deliberately doing
it wrong to raise a dust cloud while the Swiffer person does it properly.
I would have to say it is caused by the big box stores. Here is my example.
I was looking for a wire feed welder. I was looking at the miller and
lincoln 135 amp welders. Lowes and Home D. around here. Friend of mine who
owns a machine shop said to stay away from them. To go to a welding
supplier. I asked "whats the difference besides price, both are 135 amp
welders from same companies. He said not the same units though. Looking
closer I found that the actual model numbers were different even though the
units were looked exactly the same. I will use the example of the Lincoln sp
135. the case was marked and looked identical only difference was the modle
number on the little tag. by going to lincolns web sight i found the sp 135
but had a hard time finding the modle number for the unit that lowes
carried. It didn't come up on any of thier product pages. I could only find
it by looking for parts for the exact model number of the lowes product.
Ended up that lincoln does not even advertise or show that model number
product in any of thier online or paper advertisements.
Looking closer at the lowes procuct and the weld shop products (price
difference of over 100 bucks) I found that the weld shop model that is
listed on the lincoln web site is like 20 pounds heavier. heavier windings
and other assoc. parts inside, including drive motors drive wheels etc. even
the guns were not the same.
Found out that the big box companies contact the manuafactures and tell them
they will sell thier product, as in I will sell the model sp135 unit but
this is what I will pay you for it. Build me a unit that you can make a
profit on. Hence, every thing is cheaper built and put in the same case.
warranties different, almost nill in the big box model.
A friend said he didnt see the difference, bought the big box model, I opted
for spending more on the welding supplier model. I use mine alot, have only
had one problem. a wire cam loose on the drive motor. lincoln fixed it at no
charge on a welder that gets used alot while my friends big box unit broke
at just over six months old. Lincoln would barely talk to him, He had a hard
time finding parts. He barely uses his and it has now found its way to the
scrap yard. Mine is still working great and is about 4 years old.
I have to throw blame at both the big box stores for asking the manuf. to
cheapen the products and also at the manuf. for even thinking about building
the product for the big box stores. If they are gonna build crap for them,
dont put your name on it, insist on puting the store name on it. let the
store take the hit for selling crap instead of tricking buyers into thinking
they are buying a quality product.
sorry bout the rant
It all boils down to GREED!
both the big box stores for insisting on supplying crap at bargain basement
prices and the manufacture for building the crap so they can make an extra
buck by selling more units!
Except you've got the root cause turned around -- if folks weren't
buying almost solely based on purchase cost, the cheapest wouldn't
So, the fundamental greed is in the purchaser trying to get "more than
their money's worth"...
$0.02, ymmv, etc., etc., ...
Agreed ... most tools these days appear to be targeting Harry Homeowner, who
arguably watches way too much DIY reality TV, thus the bubble gum
Whenever I let one of my neighbors try one of my tools, like my handbuilt
Italian pin nailer, their eyes light up ... but only momentarily, to be
immediately extinguished upon the answer to "How much did this thing cost?".
....and then *drumroll* the absolute WORST thing happens.... Some
clown buys the home-owner-cheap piece of shit and then <echo ON>
BECOMES A PROFESSIONAL!!!<echo OFF> and sells his services to the
<whispers> there is Joe, the true professional, getting his ass beat
by Joe The Clown, by $ 1500.00... he smirks, drives off, and knows who
the real idiot is...
I suppose you noticed that the tool line is for
Lowes Home Centers "only". Lowes is forver
coming up with the "bargin basement tool lines.
They are cheap and don't last long.
I'm not sure who goes after who, but the Hitachi
switch over has not proven to be a success and
now this fall, I bet you see another vendor.
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