Me, I just don't get it. It's a mechanical item, it should be handled with care, don't use full force to turn left or right, up or down.
It doesn't matter how careful you are, eventually all mechanical items break. The amount of time it takes to break depends on use and quality of construction.
I didn't snap the joystick in half by bending it like a moron, it broke at its weakest point (cheapo plastic pillar) after 12 years of use.
(the mouse is another story...damn Arkanoid!)