"For the price compared to what I too had bought some long reach pliers year ago it's hard to beat for most people. I'm lucky. My HF store is only two miles away. If I was still using tools daily at work I might not use as many as I now have. It states they are professional. I take that as what I am now. Professional DIYer. None of my Mac, Snap-On, Matco or Craftsman tools are traumatized because of being in proximity to the HF. I feel no stigma owning them either. I did buy something I will have to report back on once I get a chance to use it. I got a coupon several weeks ago for a Titanium spool gun. So I got one. I haven't welded aluminum since 1978 and that was with gas. I'm looking forward to using it. I'll be sure to let you know how it works out.
On a side note. Gas here yesterday. $1.75 E-10