An well-known blogger, Dangerous Lilly, recently posted "An Open Letter to the Sex Toy Industry" and it's well worth reading. I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but she makes some excellent points and there is very interesting discussion going on via the comments.
Personally, I have a little more tolerance for Pipedream. They do make a few decent vibrators, and I love theirIcicles range, but I agree that they also produce a LOT of crap. Cal Exotics is another story, and I'm to the point where I pretty much avoid their stuff unless it's not actually made by them, like the Jopen line which is REALLY Swan Vibes (CalEx bought the distribution rights in the US and Canada, then claimed them as their own, but they're made by BMS Factory). Doc Johnson is hit-or-miss. They have some powerful toys, but they too produce a lot of junk.
Bottom line, progress has been made, but it's ultimately up to us, the consumers, to demand quality products.Vote with your dollars--or whatever the saying is. I'd love to know what you guys think. Please read the article (link here: http://dangerouslilly.com/2011/10/open-letter-sex-toy-industry/) and let me know your thoughts.