You get what you pay for. When I was designing a product line to be marketed to some of the wealthiest professionals in the world (Ophthalmologists and Optometrists) I learned the hard way that most don’t really want or even recognize quality products, they all have tunnel vision on the bottom line. (…subtle joke buried in there;) Companies that produce truly high quality and technically advanced products are constantly faced with spending a tremendous amount of time and resources to educate consumers on the advantages featured in their products. There’s a major difference in the metallurgy found in Bavarian and Chinese castings, but it’s either trust in the quality control of a company that cut one in half and looked at it with an 80,000$ microscope or save big bucks on the initial purchase and be prepared to experience catastrophic materials failure first hand.
All the Chinese do is keep the price low and the feature list long and consumers can’t seem to see past the notion of ‘I can buy 2 of these for the price of 1 of those’
… I guess somebody’s gotta fill up those landfills
5 years is pretty good, but let’s see what it’s like at 23