i dont know what world you live in that $50 belts are 'bad quality.' what $50 belts? i don't think i've paid more for a belt than like $60 - and and ive seen really pricey shit (including those KMW $400 belts), and theres no difference in the leather quality. i mean, yea, i guess your buckle isn't made from sterling silver, but horsehide/thick cowhide is the same at $50 or at $500. i guess what im saying is the threshold for a 'good' belt is pretty low, and they suffer from diminishing returns VERY quickly.