DaviSto's reply reminds me of some immutable facts from the 1990's
The aluminum Bogen 300n (precursor to the Manfrotto 190) was
- the hiker's tripod, for those seeking quality in a lighter, more portable tripod
- good for those realizing that it would not be quite as tall as the heavier Bogen 3221
The aluminum Bogen 32nn (precursor to the Manfrotto 055) was
- For someone wanting a sturdy affordable tripod
- of primary interest to those not wanting a tripod for hiking
- which could reach eye level for many users
Many photographers owned both the 30nn for hiking, and the 32nn for less portable work, and both tripods still made for a very affordable combination.
Fast forward a decade or two, and Manfrotto came out with carbon fiber as a more affordable alternative to the Gitzo tripods. Trouble for many folks was, the Manfrotto carbon fiber tripods were a fairly pricey step upward, for not that dramatic a weight reduction.
Enter the Chinese alternatives within the past ten years, a number of which have been discovered to be pretty good at the price, and not junk that you might assume.
And then there is the even less expensive really questionable Chinese stuff in the $100-150 range now available. Until we hear some credible reports from folks who know how to judge a tripod properly, with impartial objective reports about weaknesses and strengths, they are a risk of ill-spent money.
A quality dependable tripod at $100 was scarely achievable in 1990, so if you consider the effects of inflation it is even more of a challenge. Yes, sourcing Chinese products has decreased the price of tripods somewhat even for a quality product; but beware the too-good-to-be-true.