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I do not know what kind of luck or batch problem you had. But I've tried a few 18-55 IS kit lens and they are darn sharp wide-open from 18 mm to 55 mm. In fact, its wide-open performance is even better than that of the venerable 17-55 f/2.8 IS. No kidding. Contrast is not its forte but its edge-to-edge resolution is hard to beat.
A lot of people agree with you, I just can't understand why but I tried copy after copy and they were all just awful.
Admittedly some were slightly better in the corners at wideangle and then softer somewhere else, but I am yet to find one I could come close to living with, which is a shame as they are light, small and versatile.