Hi, Jack and friends. "They don't make 'em like they used to!" For sure. The steampunk phenomenon is huge- and the genre is, well- very cool! I am a big fan myself. But what you say is a very important point, and if we look at the history of certain products over the years- the trend IS (thankfully) swinging back to quality over a "quick sale". I do hope that more and more companies realize that in these days of instant communication- the reputation of whatever the product or service is will be known to ALL. Years ago, we had only a few resources- such as Consumer Reports, for example. Remember "Fight Back- with David Horowitz"? He would go and paint these clowns right into a corner! These companies that think they can STILL saturate the market with junk (I was going to use a stronger word) must still subscribe to the "one born every minute" (a sucker) attitude. Caveat Emptor doesn't have to apply to everything, and I certainly do not want folks to buzz about my invention that way, even if it means making less than "a million" dollars. I'm serious. Take Jack's product- sure, there must be a silicone (sorry Jack if I get this wrong!) that is "cheaper", even by a fraction of a cent! BUT- maybe it burns, discolors, becomes brittle, lets out a smell- whatever. He cares enough to not let something [like that] happen. Another company might not be so inclined to care about what happens down the road- as long as they can sell, sell, sell NOW. Forget that!
In my twenties, I did a quick stint at a printing press here in San Diego- and saw that all the equipment was at least 50+ years old, and from Switzerland. I asked "why?" The answer made perfect sense: Their [the Swiss] reputation for precision and QUALITY with intricate moving parts fully proved itself in this situation. The guy I asked about it said that "They never break.". And in my years of inventing, I have had a few products that I sold locally and online- and am PROUD to say that I've never had a complaint. I earned that, yeah?
I have recently (last night!) talked to one outfit that REALLY wants to get my stuff on that ole TV- I am going to pass. There are simply TOO many products that don't come close to their claims, and the original inventors can only stand by and watch- as their idea is cheapened and changed, gets (earns) a bad reputation, and the orders stop- stores discard the remaining merchandise, The End. Why should I sign up for that?! I could go on, and true- you need that combination of great product AND great advertising. However, if the advertising is simply designed to woo people into thinking that they're getting something that they're not- it will soon be history. Yes, I realize that products need to make profit- but this still CAN be done while keeping the quality of the product intact. I think greed gets involved. It is smart to cut costs where and when you can- that's good business. But I would rather (personally) pay just a little more KNOWING that what I bought / sold is going to perform, and last more than a couple of uses.
In my product, I use "expensive" switches. Oh, there are some out there that are a third of the price- but they fall apart quickly- they even "feel" cheap... I also don't use military or medical grade components- because that WOULD be impractical. Does that make sense? I have been long-winded; so I'll close with this: "The best PRICE is not necessarily the best VALUE". Thanks for reading.
Love to you all,