In the St Louis area, we had a very discount department store chain called Grandpa Pigeon's. They sold the Buffalo brand of tools. Your hope was that they'd last thru the project
That said, I'm seeing other store brands gaining respect. I completely trust Husky (Home Depot) and Kobalt (Lowes). In fact, my Husky ⅜" ratchet is my go-to now.
And I've recently added some Northern Tool Klutch brand sockets to extend some of my sets. I think these guys are slowly shedding their cheap import image. They seem to cater to not just DIY'ers, but also to garages - they sell lots of equipment that repair shops use.
One other note, many Walmart stores are carrying Stanley sockets packaged individually. For 2 bucks, versus 4-5 at Sears, I'll give them a shot when I need a deep well 10 mm socket. And Stanley makes Craftsman - they even bought the brand from Sears a while back. So I'd like to think the tools are of comparable quality.
Have some buffalo 3 jaw pullers that never had an issue with.
Was not aware stanley bought craftsman, might explain why craftsman is being expanded into lowes stores. Last few times I have bought craftsman has been off ebay. Even burned on sears online, their parts direct is a scam, selling products they do not have on hand, taking over a month for them to get the part in and then being unable to cancel an order by phone or online with them. Where customer service used to be key with sears, they have seriously dropped the ball in this day and age. Local store is a joke, but then it is an appliance and tool only store. Being as such you would think they would be good to deal with on tools. Owner there refuses to exchange stuff when he clearly has stock on the floor to exchange with, yeah sears corporate folks are aware too, they don't care.
I have a couple qr craftsman ratchets, both 3/8 and 1/2 drive I would like to exchange, but prefer not to downgrade to their cheapy line non qr refurbs. Nothing like turning a ratchet where you cannot see your hands and the dadgum thing giving and causing you to smash your hands.
Lowes kobalt in my limited experience so far is decent, have not had to exchange anything there yet, but our local lowes store management is pretty decent.
Walmart here carries stanley stuff, but no individual sockets. Last time I have had to have a specific socket, needed a shallow well 1/2 drive 6 point 15 mm. I went to autozone and picked up single socket there, serve their purpose in those cases where you cannot find what you need.