I agree, but do think a shift is happening back to more sustainable higher quality stuff. In the world of woodworking, in the last ten years, there have been a huge number of small companies popping up making hand saws, planes, marking tools, etc. When I started, nearly twenty years ago, custom furniture was incredibly tough to sell for what it is worth. Now, it’s fairly sought after. I have cabinet clients that want assurances that I don’t outsource anything I make them. (Most production shops, even high end ‘custom’ shops outsource some or all of their work; cabinet boxes, drawers, fours, etc…)See but I hate that mindset. I fully agree with the manufacturing and business side of it trust me. I get the numbers. But I’m tired of the throw away society that we have become. It’s absolutely depressing. The amount of products that get thrown away is absolutely absurd. So no we shouldn’t be going for the cheapest product, because we should be putting our money where our mouth is. There’s a finite amount of recourses, why waist them just because it’s cheaper? Genuinely gone are the days we make products that last.
It’s a small shift, but it’s happening, and hopefully it keeps moving and growing. The downside is that, quality things take time and money, two things not too many people have very much of.