I'm watching this thread, too. We used to get pants at the Vanity Fair/Wrangler outlet for 10 bucks. And they were great pants--wore like steel, and they'd last 3 or 4 years of 1-2 times a week rotation. They stopped making the line, though. Wah!
We bought some Land's End pants in January that already have a hole near the pocket. Grrrrr.
I love secondhand/thrift, but I have a really hard time finding pants for my dh that aren't already worn out. He is big and tall, though, so I think that's a function of his size.
BetsyS you can take those Land's End pants back to Sears and they will refund you your money. This is one reason I adore Land's End. I recently bought DH a bunch of twill pants for twenty bucks a pair...AND was able to have them hem them to DH's ridiculous-impossible-to-find size! Awesome.