Sears/KMart is going to go through another round of store closings, 100+ locations. It's no wonder why if you've been inside either in the last many years. IMO, stores are tired, understocked, etc.
I've got some Craftsman tools, quite a few from years ago. I have a 2 ton floor jack bought new in 1988 that's still going strong as a Sherman tank. Lots of other handtools, timing light, dwell meter, all bought around 1990. I worked there from 1986 to 1994 or so and I watched quality start to whiddle away. They took more and more tools off the "guaranteed forever" roster. Tape measures, lots of pliers, etc. Basically tools that had the higher chance of failing were no longer guaranteed, but they didn't drop the price on them. They last two times I took screwdrivers back to replace, they didn't have them. It's a pain to deal with going all the way in to a mall store to come up empty.
Where does the Craftsman brand rank in TCL? Will they be missed if the bleeding and store closing doesn't stop?