well craftsman tools might not be what they used to, I agree
but it used to be nice having a sear's store to go and get tools at, don't have any left near me, closest is about 70 miles away or more now
and other stores like Lowe's or home depot, SUCK with the selection they have and there prices!
Snap on tools might be great, but past my budget for what they are, there OVER priced
Craftsman might be lesser quality, but they can be had normally cheap if bough right!
I have both old sets and new sets, they work OK 99% of the time, they don't rust as fact as some other cheap one's do, so there coating is still decent LOL
I still have my snap on top box I bought when I was 20, I'm 63 now. The middle box I bought a couple of years later and the bottom box just after that. Top box has fell out of breakdown vans and rolled around lockers in wreckers many a time. But all are still going strong, along with the hand tools that haven't been lost.
In my eyes that's very good value for money, in fact, it makes snap on tools cheap long term.
I doubt the quality of snap on tools NOW is equal to what they made when you bought your, thus again, making them overpriced for what they are today, they ride on there name and quality of yrs back, as do many other company's that get away with the prices they charge
everything today seems to be made of lesser quality and made to almost FAIL in a certain amount of time, forcing your hand to buy more!
I personally think its designed into things today by OEM's
NO one, and I mean NO one, its honestly trying to make products that last forever, like they did 40 yrs back or so
back when a customers money meant something and loyalty came from word of mouth, and the rep of the product being strong and long lasting
it was also a time when they OVER built things, rather than spending a ton of testing to make JUST strong enough, to cut pennys , so they can make dollars
NOT saying a Snap on isn't a good tool, just IMO< there way over priced for what they are
I have seen some of there screw drivers at crazy prices, that I am positive I can buy a dozen other brand names and have one longer in time, or maybe a half of dozen down the road still working just as fine??
certain brands of all things get higher prices based on NAME alone, and quality of lesser names might be as good or BETTER to be honest!