One big reason factories went to China was the cost of medical care, which went up a lot more a lot faster than anything else. which made it impossible for companies to control costs and squeeze out more profits. Or even just compete to stay in business.
All depends on the use of the tool. For cordless tools and my welder...... Those are definetly name brand.
For something that only sees occasional use.... like a trim router I bought last week to mortise in the door hinge on some interior doors.....I bought the $24 (after coupon) tool from HF rather than the $100 makita.
I just bought a paint sprayer to do the interior of my house and eventually the doors. Had over 2500 positive reviews and was much cheaper than the professional options. Given that once my house is built I'll probably never use it again, but I had a lot of painting to do, it was WELL worth the investment and I'll sell it for half price when I'm done with it.
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