One could be forgiven for thinking that a $399 saw ain't gonna be bottom of the barrel.
I agree. As a retired Journeyman Machinist I'd say that's a pretty poor design for something that is suppose to hold a saw bar on. Even my little Canon P&S camera has a metal threaded insert molded into the camera housing for a tripod mount.Correct!! However I'm a mechanical engineer that specializes in the plastics industry......a stainless stud threaded into plastic is an extremely poor design as the plastic will always be the weak link. If they wanted to use the plastic parts then at the lease they could have installed an oversize stainless thread insert into the plastic housing to take some of the torque of the screw...... you could even pinch the bar, give the saw a little twist and pop the bar stud
As far as resale to another consumer I tend to think of how I would feel......
I think the OP's point is that for approximately $350, the saw should last more than a day. And a low-end saw shouldn't cost $350. Period.