Because the typical owner of a cobalt is going to be a college student, or someone that has lower income to afford the luxuries of nice products. This is no excuse however for that person to not save up and get something that will last, just an explination for your quesiton.
^Agreed to an extent. In fact the majority of my cars aftermarket parts are from ebay. Typically you can find the same price but with free shipping from the same seller (cough cough, zzp does this all the time, cough).
That makes no sense. why would you get the struts and shocks if you use the old FE1 springs? Not only are you going to do the work all over again, but you are putting way too much stress on already junky springs.