and look for one made elsewhere."
Therein lies the rub, as they say.
Walk around any electrical store and you'll have an increasingly difficult job finding an item that wasn't made in Mainland China, or isn't assembled using components made there. China is becoming a world power in consumer electronics, and I think that within ten years it will be 'the' world power.
In general terms the quality of Chinese-manufactured electronic products is rising fast, and I think you may just have been extremely unlucky.