The problem with retail store windows is they are all geared towards a price sensitive buyer. Some might say overly sensitive. Most shoppers in retail stores are not very educated about windows and never take the time to get educated. They will buy brands that have familiar sounding names like Andersen and Pella without questioning the quality. HD and Lowes tell manufacturers to build a window they can sell for a certain price point and then the manufacturers figure out how they can get the price to where the store will buy from them. This is the reason that mostly lower end windows are available to the general public.
OTOH if I was a homeowner and was looking for a decent window at a certain price, the upper end Reliabilt would be near the top of my list.
So Skydawggy, you say the reliabuilt model #3500 is a quality product, but the models 3201, and 3301 are not? Does anyone know who manufactures the Reliabuilt?
I have spent a lot of time (before I joined and posted) studying this forum, as I am probably a member of more forums than anyone in the country, as I investigate throughly (which includes joining forums), any time I have a problem with anything, and/or am about to make a purchase. And this is a very hard forum to learn anything from (I would say the hardest of many I have spent considerable time on), as most all post on this forum do not give any evidence as to what is quality, or junk, but only knock the big box, mainly Lowes. Being a retired home builder, and building contractor (only before the time of replacement windows), I am not illiterate when it comes to building products, and I know that the main problem today, is if you have a good product it is hard to find a decent skilled craftsman to do a quality job of installation, which is the main reason I am a do-it myselfer. When someone knocks a product, I do not want to hear a statement, that it is junk, I want to hear the reason why it is junk. You can double the price of a product, and that does not make it quality, but a quality organiser, manager can produce a quality product at a lower cost than most ineffecient operations existing in this country today, that is how the Japanese whipped our auto, and other industries, by smart management.