I'm sure the best advice on tents would be to buy the best available to suit the conditions being travelled to. However, if money, circumstances etc meant that this wasn't an option, I'm wondering how others have found the less-than-fifty dollar Walmart/Carrefour/Tesco supermarket tents?
The pictures on the cover always show happy, attractive people enjoying their outdoor experience. I doubt this very much! I'm wondering if anyone has a good (or bad) experience with one of these creatures. And perhaps some common faults/quick repair methods (i.e. carry X with you for anticipated failure of Y).
It will be summer when next do a three week tour. I'm thinking about buying one at my destination to save weight and space on the plane (China) and don't plan to use if that much since the weather will be pleasant. If it proved itself, I'd take it home. If not, I haven't lost much.
Quality outdoor stores are rare in China but Chinese-made tents are common in the big city supermarkets. If I picked one up for around $25 and threw it away if it was beyond repair on the last day I'd settle for that.
Stories of horror or pleasant surprise would be appreciated.