@the-intern if you want to critique their design or choice of buckle, that’s cool. But that’s not where you started, and I still don’t think the parts-cost reductionism is valid. I don’t believe they half-assed it on purpose, so someone put some work into it to some degree. It’s made in California, $15 minimum wage, so even if it only takes 15 minutes to put one together that’s still getting close to $15-20 including parts before all the other costs of getting it into shops are factored in. I don’t begrudge them a profit margin, especially since the margin on some of their other stuff is really slim. If it’s not a good enough design and there’s no market, then they won’t sell.
Personally, I liked it at the shop and thought that it seemed well considered and robust. I have another V-Buckle belt, and a bag strap, both of which will open just fine under the load tension of regular daily use. If you tighten your belt so that it really cinches your waist then maybe it would be an issue... hasn’t been for me.