Not grandstanding, just elaborating where the responses recieved implied i might have needed to explain myself better. And at the same time keeping the conversation open, allowing others a chance to respond again with any additional insight they might have the might sway me.
That IS a discussion (no quotes).
And here is where I WILL get on a soap box for a moment to go off on a bit of a tangent- read it if you like, or skip to the end.
This is a huge problem with society in this internet age.
People have become so accustomed to dealing with snippets from closed minded people, with closed ended statements, who are dead set in their opinion and have no intention of having an open conversation, yet they still feel the need to let their opinion be known to the world anyway.
We see so much of this that the majority don't seem to know what to do anymore with an actual debate.
Half the people can't see someone defend their opinion without getting offended, or disproportionately defensive. The other half can't defend their own views when challenged and resort to personal attacks instead.
And somehow this has become socially acceptable!?
We live in a sad age of entitlement, stubbornness, and disregard.
Look at the number of posts around here about any number of things that boil down to "do x, y, and z if you want me as a customer". They aren't engaging in discussions about product improvements, and they certainly aren't trying to listen to reason on why those changes can't be made. They're making demands and walking away, somehow surprised that that didn't get them what they wanted.
I, on the other hand, was trying to discuss the perceived value of an item. I'm not just saying "it's too much" and walking away. Like I said, I even came back to see if my mind would be changed after the first batch was delivered and people had a chance to comment and share pictures. Obviously it was not, so I decided to spark up a conversion to discuss it further.
If someone from MD, who has insight into the manufacturing process and pricing strategy, wants to come in and explain how they got to the final price based on the cost of materials and the number of man hours that go into each piece, I'd be all ears. I don't believe that will happen, and they certainly aren't required to, but it would make for an interesting read.
Anyway, it's basically this:
If my mind is so set on something that my opinion can't be swayed, you usually won't see me comment, unless it's a case where I have first hand experience with a product and am sharing that experience.
If I engage in a conversation about a product I don't own, then it's because I want to hear both sides.
But, don't expect that means I'm going to flip sides at the very first response, without pushing for more details and asking you to elaborate and back up your opinions if something you're saying doesn't jive with the rest of what I'm seeing/hearing/reading.
That doesn't mean it's personal, or that I'm not listening. It just means you haven't convinced me otherwise yet. It's Debating 101.