||You're right, of course. But do you remember the prices of the age when consumer electornics were quality-made?
Yes, I remember well. The prices were higher, but some devices bought back then are still up and running.
Personally, I don't wish to go back. I'd rather pay an order of magnitude less, even if I get lower quality in return.
Order of magnitude? 1.5-3 times as much, if my memory serves well. For better materials, better craftmanship, and often even available documentation including schematics, when you had the right friends.
I have an old Russian multimeter, model C4340 - documentation included internal schematics, it had no single malfunction in last 15 years, it spent 8 years in a car exposed to vibrations, heat, and cold, has a solid metal case you can step on, and survived more abuse than any other more recent instrument. *THIS* is how electronic devices should be built.
Besides, most of my electronics tends to get some custom enhancements sooner or later, and it sucks to have to reverse-engineer "better and newer" devices each few years or even months when the modern shit breaks, to reimplement what I want. The hardware should be open-sourced, if necessary by brute force.
Onwards to disposable electronics, I say.