It would be nice if there was a perception of value for the longevity of what we own and wear.
This absolutely. So many people want to immediately jump to the cheapest solution, but the cheapest right now might not be the cheapest when it doesn't last for long. By "cheap" here I mean not only money, but labor/materials/time too. We have got to start thinking about longevity in everything that we consume, and realize that the "cheapest" option in the long run isn't always just the lowest price tag.