The bottom line? Depending on which seller you buy from, you could get exactly what you paid for. Cheap price for a reason, HOWEVER different sellers have different levels of quality. I have bought one (1) of these from the seller CYANICS at a 97% approval rate, and it works perfectly. I paid 4.99 for my IPOD USB dock connector to computer, and it works great, charges the IPOD and opens up itunes to update my songs. PLEASE see my ratings for the items attributes. I gave it 5 stars for performance and price vs performance is great, works JUST like the apple one, only 15 dollars cheaper! Final point, IF YOU DONT STEP ON IT, IT WILL WORK FOR A LONG TIME. I have seen many reviews saying they got a rattling and flimsy item, this may be due to a bad seller, in which case I recommend choosing your seller carefully, 96% approval rating and up ONLY. Otherwise, if you got it from a reputable seller and it broke while you were using it, you must have been using a very strong grip because these things are NOT durable. Keep them on your desk, out of harms way, and it will last you a long time. Basically, you pay 5 bucks for a WORKING connector piece that I would give a 3/5 for durability, a passing grade. Meaning with NORMAL wear and tear it should last you a while if you take care of it! Or you could pay 19.99 for 4/5 durability with the brand name connector. Although both can be easily broken, however I would say the more expensive brands are more durable, and may last longer if you feel that you are in an environment that does not cater well to electronic equipment. For example: pets chewing wires, kids stepping on it, and stuffing your wires into a backpack to take with you can pose a threat to this item, but if you put it in a small pouch or box and only use it to charge/update your music and then put it back in a safe place, it should last you a long time and be WELL worth the 4.99 you paid for it.