Bille wrote:naishdude wrote:...
... I purchased new kites, the cheapest available on the market , and I must admit, I am not less happy with them, I have used them for 2 seasons now...and am planning to fly them till they fall apart.
I never used a Switchkites brand ; but for the most-part, i refuse to purchase
"Cheap-Sh*t" simply for the reason that it's Cheap ! That is how China gets
to sell so much Crap not worth having.
The stuff from China can be Good ((IF)) the company that's having it made there will
stays on them at Every angle and watch them carefully. The Chinese can be
very talented ," when they Want to". Like the Vietnamese people, they can be
quite talented at making stuff also ; i think a kite company and an RC airplane company
has stuff made there and it appears to be well constructed.
I Will however, purchase a Good brand "used" the following year or end of season
sail to save money.
A girl here in Vegas, got cheep kites that were Always breaking ; when i mentioned that
she was using my 11M Ozone Edge --- More than me ---, she got pissed. The
point is that even used gear from a reputable company , usually lasts longer
than Cheap-Stuff ...
I think kiting is no different than other sports that cost Money, it's usually
pays to shop around before laying down your bucks. Used snow skies are
usually not worth the savings ; i'm just glad i got a brother that can afford new
stuff every year so i get his , "hand - me - downs" ! Really wish he was into kiting.
I will tell you, I was amongst the first to fly the Ozone Waterkites...till the last C4 's, so if you mean by Vietnamese quality , ozone, then you are right, BUT , I can tell you that the quality offered by switchkites, is at even level and sometimes better.
Btw, I also own an Ozone Edge 2013...for the raceboard.
After all these years in the kitescene, I still have to find one similar brand as Switch, that is so responsive to its customers.
As an internet company, they need to prove that their prices are not just giving you crap and bad quality...I think they have not chosen the easy way...and their customers are their visit card.
The question asked about the market, is to where my answer was based On, that it does not have to be expensive to be good, open your eyes....it sometimes is all in the head...brought to you through marketing...all this has to be paid for...just to give you the feeling you have the best buy in town.
But if you go a bit more indeep...you will find that there is more for less.
I was in your and even better situation than you, I could buy whatever I wanted, till the crisis struck me too at 58yo...and now its the fun in buying the best for less
No hard feelings...next time your on your beach and you see a switch kite, have a look at it...chinese/vietnamese/eu or usa make...its all the same, if the finish/price and quality is right...there is no problem, only if you are a brand fetishist...then it is even more in the head and pocket too