That's funny I was thinking kids was the only thing that was left we could say was " Made in North America"Guy here once told me when his daughter got married he bought them a trip to china for the honeymoon.
He figured that way his grandchild would be made in china to.
I can't say the shopping experience has ever been different at Sears in my life time, but I'm only 30. We run mostly harbor freight wrenches on our service truck due to the likelihood of loosing them in stubble and dirt, so I was looking forward to adding some USA wrenches for a moderate price increase, but I guess that's not happening. Thing is harbor warranty is just as good now, when you break stuff just go in and they give you another. Guess I'll have to lay down some more dough and get SK, Proto, MAC, Snap On etc if I want a top notch wrench, because the finish quality of these wrenches is not how it used to be.I don't know if it was true or not but for years was told that the tools in the Canadian Sears stores were not the same as what was being sold in the USA. I don't even bother going there anymore to try and find tools as they are usually over priced ( up here in Canada anyway ) for what appears to be just another knock off tool, no one knows anything in the store if I can't find it or they don't have it and I just found it a useless waste of time experience to go there.
I have to wonder what is even manufactured in North America any longer with the bulk of tools. Although there is still a lot of crap out there that isn't worth buying, it seems the quality depending on the brand can be a lot better that comes from China then used to be as it once was total and I do mean total garbage made out of butter.
So Farminflyboy, those wrenches may not be as bad as you think or hopefully that's the case . Just hang onto that receipt in case you have to go back for warranty.
Sears had some great Christmas sales on wrench sets so I ordered several, shamefully on the back in tiny print...Made in China! So disappointed in Sears/craftsman.
It has been a while, and the rest is exactly what I plan to do and how I feel about the brand. Craftsman had always been a descent wrench for a good price with a great warranty. Wouldn't even consider any of their cordless tools anymore.You dont shop at Sears too often, I see.
Craftsman has shifted the wrenches and MANY other tools to China a while ago. I think they are allready feeling the backlash, as some of the wrenches are allready back to the states.
If you can do without, I would take them back and make a big enough fuss that they might pass the word on up the chain that no one wants to pay "More than Harbor freight prices, for the same quality as harbor freight"
I have long maintained that USA made craftsman was good for light to moderate commercial use, and was one of the cheaper ways to get a decent USA made set of tools. Once they start this made in China crap, they are no better quality than harbor freight, but with a higher price tag.
I will still go into sears, but if the tool doesnt say made in USA (or Canada, or countries of quality in Europe) It wont leave with me.