Everybody buys cheap stuff. Whether it is vacuums that last 9 months or picture frames. We have come to expect, even accept, cheap products that are disposable. I found via Make an article with a title that sums it up perfectly: The Crapification of Everything is Just Beginning.
Now that just about everything is crap, how can we keep the level of garbage down? Many people have lamented the disposable aspect of a consumer society but now we have gone past that point. We expect garbage when we buy something because we are unwilling or unable to pay more. If we ever begin to pay for the disposal costs and environmental impact of our stuff we will all be bankrupt or never buy anything. It is time to evaluate what we buy and why before we're overwhelmed with garbage.