No. Neither is true.
Burton makes high-end and low-end stuff, like every other company. You get what you pay for. Burton is the "wal-mart" of the snowboard world. Hence, other company's make fun of them, and the cool-kids at the mountain like to bash them b/c they are "corporate." Note, however, that Burton is privatlly owned company, and is not a subsidary of a large ski company like other "cool" snowboard brands are. Often the people who say Burton sucks have never ridden their boards, or if they have, are just looking for a reason to justify a pre-exisitng idea they had about the company. Think about it, if Burton's board fell apart, they would not be one of the oldest, and the biggest, brand in the snowboard industry. People won't by crap once the word gets out (i.e. chinese toys, at the moment).
All this said, there are PLENTY of smaller companys that make boards that are just as good, or better, than Burton's boards. Never Summer is a good example. They are made in the USA, have the longest warranty in the industry, and only make 13 different decks (Burton makes like 40 or something), and they keep a low-profile. However, since Burton is HUGE, they are also able to do socially minded stuff like their CHILL programm that a smaller company would never be able to do for financial reasons.
The point is, there are a lot of considerations about what makes a "good" or a "bad" snowboard, or a snowboard company for that matter. Do your own research, and get something that resonates with your own sense of Being. Most of all, don't get caught up in the rumor-mill about who is, or is not, a good company.
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