There were good brands that serve the middle class... No serve everyone for a a reasonable price and make products with enduring value. I've been really sad to see some of them go or transmogrify.
Some high end luxury items are glorious things in and of themselves. I love a Bugatti Veyron probably a lot more than I like most of the people who would buy a Bugatti Veyron, way more than I like the endless upscale tactics used in selling a Bugatti Veyron. Most luxury items are not a Bugatti Veyron.
I used to love macintosh computers and their software. They were reasonably predictable, had smart enough defaults, had long working lives, supported a decent enough professional ecosystem, and despite what many people said were readily serviceable. iPhones came along. 2009 happened they became much more of an upscale brand. A status symbol. They started adding "neat features" that didn't really work. Screwed up Final Cut X. Dumber default settings, shorter working lives, and serviceability of the computers was tossed. I honestly was not into them for the status I was into them as production equipment.
I can't state how hard the Final Cut X fiasco hurt my professional life and I'm at a loss for what to learn next or recommend to people for video editing.
My personal computer is now a $300 hackintosh - ney a Trashintosh made of discarded PC parts and hacked but reasonably ligit copies of OSX 10.6.8. For now it's all I want to spend and (bender voice)I'll hack my own system with reliability, smart defaults and hookers!(/bender voice)
For christmas my daughter got Kindle Fire HDX not an iPad. Amazon has some bullshit of their own and are very responsible for driving down wages for thousands of people but the Kindle Fire HDX is much more of an enduring value than the iPad.