If you will be buying a padlock, buy a reputable padlock like Yale or Master. Why buy a garden-variety padlock that is so unreliable? I know it is way cheaper to buy an ordinary padlock, but what are the tradeoffs for doing so? Don’t focus on that. Instead, think of the benefits of using a high-quality padlock. For one, the pleasure you get every time you insert the key into the keyhole. You will definitely feel the excellent craftsmanship that went into creating such a complicated and simple mechanism. Don’t just stop at padlocks. Apply this principle to doorknobs and deadbolts as well. Actually, apply it to everything you buy.