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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.
Don't take my word for it. Check out Photozone MTF results.
17-55 f/2.8 IS (left) vs 18-55 f/3.5-6.6 IS (right). Both at 17-18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 100. Extreme right corner of image.
seems surprising, not so much about the 18-55 IS (I had one and it actually was pretty mad sharp corner to corner, as sharp as the Ls sorta, but something about the colors and contrast always tended to seem dull like super sharp but no bite for some reason, for the price insanely good though one of the best values for a lens ever, sure not the kit lens of days of old!)