I have shot several boxes of Federal I got from Walmart though my cheap Hi-Point C9 and have not had any problems at all. I would think bad ammunition would show up first on a cheap little gun like mine.
Expensive, robust 9mm's built to routinely handle +P ammo with long barrels and beefy recoil springs are actually very vulnerable to underpowered ammo being unable to cycle those heavy springs and slides... like my P30L.
They require a 200-500 round break-in. But after that they're pretty good. Although you may still get a brass falling down onto your feet or not locking the slide when the mag is empty.