Harbor Freight sometimes astounds me. Apple probably couldn't even ship an iPod into the country for $2, much less build it, package it, hang it on a shelf, and ring it up at the register. Meanwhile, I wander into Harbor Freight this weekend, and leave with a $4 fiberglass-handled hammer, a $2 multimeter, and a $0.59 paintbrush.
Yes, I know quality isn't a word in the Harbor Freight dictionary. I've broken plenty of their tools and for stuff I plan to use seriously I get Craftsman, but I've generally gotten my money's worth out of Harbor Freight. I'm just boggled that they can sell stuff, even utter crap, for as little as they do and remain in business.
The multimeter did give some initially spurious readings, but I couldn't duplicate those. It may fry the first time I forget to switch the dial from Ohms back to Volts, but for $2 it's a risk I'm willing to take. Not only did the multimeter come with a battery and leads (those alone are $10 at Sears, although much better quality), it even seems to be reasonably accurate when compared to a nicer Triplett DMM I have:
Outlet: 118.7 vs 118.5 VAC
Camera Battery: 7.49 vs 7.47 VDC
*Camera Battery: 7.4 vs 7.5 VDC
Resistor 1: 9.91 vs 9.93 kOhms
*Resistor 1: 9.8 vs 10.0 kOhms
Resistor 2: 460 vs 470 Ohms
*Resistor 2: 468 vs 471 Ohms
* Alternate range setting
Ok, I admit it, the multimeter was probably a loss leader, but even the regular price is less than the leads are at Sears, and who in their right mind says "Limit 10" for a loss leader?