As a guy who's starting his tool collection at the tender age of 34, I am shocked to see the price of some of this stuff. (Growing up, we fixed everything in my house with a phone, so I'm coming to the game late and with no experience.)
Specifically, what makes Snap-on tools so much more expensive than craftsman? Sometimes 2-3x for a simple socket set?! I don't mind paying for quality if it's worth it, but is it really worth it to buy Snap-on (or some of the other high-end tool companies) vs Craftsman?
Obviously I'm not a professional mechanic. The tools are for my RT, my Toyota and stuff around the house. I don't want to get taken but I don't want to unnecessarily be purchasing replacement stuff because it breaks, which is why what I've bought so far are Craftsman tools-I'm attracted to the lifetime warranty.
What do you serious tool guys say?