Over the past year or so I've looked for and purchased a number of items for my kitchen, as well as plenty of things to use in other situations. The biggest issue that comes up, at least for me, is quality, or, more specifically, the lack of quality.
Recently I've been looking for vanilla powder. I was appalled at the number of brands that claim "pure" vanilla powder is in their bottles, but further examination shows they are no such thing. One company's main ingredient is maltodextrine, another company uses silicone dioxide sprayed with vanilla - and these are but two of numerous companies that claim purity but don't deliver.
While looking for cutting boards I was stunned by the number of boards, even from well-known and reputable manufacturers, that literally came apart at the seams. What kind of crap quality is that, especially from a board costing $100.00 or so?
A few months ago I was looking for bamboo utensils, and came across some marketed by a well-known Food Network personality. Many, perhaps as much as half, of the reviews claimed that the utensils split apart and broke. Looking carefully at the images of the utensils, it was clear that they were made by gluing and laminating, rather than from a solid piece of bamboo. That design practically guarantees problems. How friggin' difficult is it to make a bamboo spoon that stands up to everyday kitchen use. I have some that are more than 30-years old, and have not had a spot of trouble with 'em.
Toots bought a faucet water filter from a well-known company. It's been installed less than three weeks, and it's already splitting apart and leaking. The construction of this new filter is light weight and crap compared to the same brand of filter she replaced after almost ten years of use.
I was going to buy a pair of Levi's jeans, but the material was thin, the stitching of poor quality, and the material was already starting to come apart, before ever even trying them on, much less wearing them and washing them. Crap!
I bought a new bed at Macy's. It took them THREE delivery tries to get the right bed in the right size into my apartment. They kept bringing the wrong bed! Gimme a break!
I bought some bread sticks at Trader Joes, and every one of them was broken, sometimes in several places. When I returned them, the cashier said that it happens a lot - it seems that the packing of the bread sticks doesn't take into account their fragility.
What the hell is happening out there? Do any of you encounter problems with quality, and how do you feel about it?