Home Depot - Why are good brand name tools so, well, crappy?

Do you find that tools you buy from the Home Depot from brands you expect to be decent to be of extraordinarily low quality? Its happened to me several times, most recently with an Empire Level small combination square. I mean, its a $7 item, and the only moving part is a screw, but the screw could not hold the ruler tight and I had to exchange it.

Do they have all these brands manufacture even cheaper versions for sale at HD?

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