siler7 t1_jds26vj wrote

This happens a lot with previously respected brands. By making high-quality products for a long time, they acquire a reputation for durability. Then the founder retires or sells the brand, and it's taken over by wolves. They start making things that look the same but use much lower-quality (read: cost) components. They make a lot of money off of people's habits, as the people who were loyal to the brand tend to take a long time to change their views and buying habits.