Id love to know which mid range boots last that longBoots. Its like boots.
Buy a pair of cheap boots at $20 a pair, they last 6 months to a year.
Buy a decent to mid range boots at $200, they'll last 10 years or more. No real cost savings there, you're spending $200 in 5 to 10 years on $20 boots, or more money with inflation and less quality/value.
Cars......... that's a whole subjective thing.
Clothing..... I do a LOT of thrift shop browsing. So I save a lot of money on clothes that fits me and looks good and lasts decently. A few times I've found brand new with tags on thrift racks in my size.. they've last me long time.
I have a pair of Tru-Spec BDU heavy weight (winter cotton?) pants in black that my parents bough way back in 1996 or so... and they're still going strong, if just a little faded.
Down sleeping bags from the 1960s-1980s, much warmer and loftier than the USGI MSS system granted, the MSS system likely was stored tightly compressed for a good long time versus the vintage down bags, all of which I acquired from thrift stores. Ditto for the wool blankets I have. They have remained pretty dang warm and scratchy compared to the plush fleece stuff my wife likes. I may have a wool blanket thst's more than 120 years old if the old guys in another forum are correct about the styling and finish... I do have a 1960s VN era wool casualty blanket that goes camping along with a 1980s off-white NATO wool blend (80% wool) naval blanket.
Tents...... that's a toss up. I've had to toss tents abd tarps because of the vomit smell of the failing polyurethane coating... but they were cheap tents and tarps to begin with... and I still have a 1950s maybe, BSA or homemade pup tent in canvas that looks decent... my BushCraft Outfitters 1.9oz.10x10 coyote tarp is still going strong, I think its maybe 8 to 10 years old?
I'm having zero luck with boots.