Too be honest, I also don't see the point of this poll, this thread or this debate at all. Here is why.
Firstly, the products are so very new to our market that very, very few people have had any practical experience with them. Without the practical experience, no one can truly and honestly comment on the performance/value of the product. Any comments without experience would be pure conjecture and be opinion without any thing to really back it up. I don't mind reading about peoples opinions on a product or service based on experiences, but I am not interested in a person's "gut reaction" to a topic like this. I have to be honest with everyone on this very topic. I am sick to death of people disparaging these products not based on first hand experience, performance or value, but solely based on price. It is ignorant. It is old. I have never commented on the value
of any piece of Eheim, Rena, Tetra, Milwaukee, AZOO or any other manufacturer's equipment without first hand experience, and I will not do so about ADA equipment.
Originally Posted by scolley
Many people seem to feel that they have enough info to make blanket statements right now.
Blanket statements are just that, blanket statements. They are usually overly inclusive, draw conclusions and are often prejudiced. I don't put much salt into a blanket statement, be it about ADA products, race relations or religion. Blanket statements are usually not worth the wool (or polyester) they are woven from.
Secondly, there is the issue of price relevancy. What might be affordable to one is not going to be affordable to another. The topic becomes a subtle debate on what one person can afford versus what another can afford. Opinions will be draw on that economic condition alone, as opposed to performance/value.
Don't consider my statements part of the discussion or "healthy debate" of this topic. Consider my comments as disgust for the topic in general. I am sorry, Steve, and I mean you and everyone on the board no ill will or disrespect, but I just can't stomach this very discussion anymore. It should be a debate based on practical experience in relation to cost of the product to determine value first hand, as opposed to the the value of the product being determined by cost alone, which it is.
This whole thing is a silly exercise in futility, IMHO.