@MikeDT: Those are some great examples. =^.^= As for brand whoring, I cannot say I'm unaffected. I tend to dress nicely, but I do have my loud, logo-blasting pieces I wear when I feel their moments have arrived.
@Man of Lint: Vanity, vanity all is vanity!
@Nicola: I detest cheap things for that very reason: the hidden costs. Oh, sure it saves an immediate dollar, but should something go awry, don't expect the producer to back up their product (assuming, as you say, the producer still exists when you need them). Another thing (esp. with cheap, no-name electronics) is you rarely know where it's from, when it was made, whether it was refurbished, etc.