http://consumerist.com/2008/08/01/w...eap-crap-instead-of-high-quality-merchandise/ Not a very long artical, but as someone who was born and raised and lives in and owns a business in America and having traveling most of Europe and Asia. And even spent time living overseas, and married to a French women, so I think I am in a good position to comment. Why do Americans like cheap garbage? Why is America as a country a huge race to the bottom? I have noticed, in Europe and pretty much everyone I know in Europe. Walks into the store/market/car dealership or a restaurant for example. The typical European, at least all the ones I know and lived with,never car much about price within reason, they simply bought the best for what they need it, Food, Cars, appliances, coats, pants, furniture stuff like that. All of them were always interested in the best they could afford, not the cheapest. They also seem to hugely support local industry and business. In America? Totally different story. Americans mill around like zombies in big stores like Target, Wal mart, best buy, ect. Paying zero attention to quality, as long as they see a " BIG SALE EVERY DAY LOWPRICES PRICE MATCH SALE! SALE! SALE! BUY BUY BUY BUY ! RANDOM HOLIDAY! BUY OUR CRAP! BUY! YOU NEED IT! IMPRESS PEOPLE YOU DONT KNOW WITH OUR CRAP! IT MIGHT LOOK NICE! BUT ITS CRAP! BUY OUR CRAP! CHEAP! WE PRICE MATCH! WHY BUY SOMETHING WELL MADE WHEN OUR CRAP IS CHEAPER! I MEAN SURE! IT MIGHT BREAK IN 2 YEARS AND FALL APART! BUT BUY OUR CRAP! BIG MAC FREEDOM FOR 4.99!!! WITH LARGE DRINK THINK OF THE IMPRESSION OF VALUE! BRANDING! BRANDING! " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKv6RcXa2UI 100% true. So what I don't get, is why do Americans want the cheapest crap possible? And I do mean CRAP, it seems like very few Americans are interested in buying anything locally and well made, they would rather save 50 cents to put towards a McChicken. They would rather bad a badly made car, then one that will last and be nicer to drive, they would rather 2 for 20 at Crapplebees than go to a place run by a Chef with real food. Then you have a HUGE number of Americans complaining ( Tea Party, Libertarians, Republicans ) complaining that everyone is " entitled " makes to much money, calls police, firefighters, labor unions, ect " overpaid takers ", they want to destroy any social safety net, stop any funding on improving the country, they think the " magic free market " can fix everything, and they actually go out and campaign for lower wages. Is it just me, or is America just a giant race to the problem? The past 40 years clearly show that it is.