We live in a world where getting the absolute lowest price on everything is the first thing on everyone's mind. We largely gave up quality and good service a long time ago. No point worrying about it now.
That might be the case in some countries, but not everywhere. I can tell you that the quality of the service in many Asian countries, starting with Japan and Korea, is still at least as good than it was in the past. This is simply the result of them focussing on having societies that are very equalitarian.
Besides, I would say that there is in fact a lot more
emphasis on quality for many products now than 10 or 20 years ago. Here again, Asian countries mostly lead the pack.
This obvious fact of life leads a few friends to put forward the theory that developping countries are in fact to be found in the West...
Back on CF cards, my personnal belief is that either they go wrong after a few days (and there might
be more occurences of that with cheaper products) or they are OK for many years if treated reasonnably well. I am personnally super happy about the 256 GB of Transcent cards that I could buy for approximately the price of 20 GB of fast Sandisks bought one year before...