I buy a lot of stuff in order to survive. Unfortunately, we live in a era where products are not as well made as they used to be and so it is not uncommon for them to break.
Most recently, my winter jacket ($300), my kid's winter jacket ($50), and his "teach me time" clock ($40) broke or ripped. Each of these items were less than a year old. Instead of replacing each item out of pocket, I emailed the respective companies and explained that I must have purchased a defective product and that I needed it replaced. I sent my name, the order number with the date, pictures of the defect, and my mailing address.
In each case, I was given a replacement or store credit for free. In most cases, the company wants you to be happy with their product and so are willing to do what it takes to make the situation right.
In 2016, I was also able to replace (for free) my vitamix motor, TILE bluetooth key locator, and a pair of Merrell boots. And this is list I can remember. I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting. In fact, I have never been told no by a company when I requested a replacement for a defective or broken item (so long as I do within a reasonable amount of time).
So the moral of this story: if something breaks within a year or so of ownership, contact the company and say it is defective. Chances are you'll get it replaced for free.