With the new century of households too lazy to use a good o'l mop and broom we have the new age of "Swiffers" and other disposable items.
Consumers are "conned" daily, and unfortunately we have only ourselves to blame. With less time, less energy and things moving as quickly as they do most of us will pay any amount of money for a bit of convenience.
I'm all for sending in things if it has a decent warranty. I've cashed in on the mac applecare warranty a few times, and gotten new watches, sunglasses and umbrellas when they snapped, cracked and sputtered to a pathetic end.