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FWIW, I don't care which gear anyone buys and uses - why would I? My objection to the many tripod/ballhead threads here comes into play when someone posts that their YYY brand is as good as the XXX brand, or worse, that it's the same in every way except cost. By extension, we can only assume that all gear is exactly the same, regardless of brand, materials, manufacturing process, etc. In reality, a more reasonable assumption might be that there are actual functional differences, based on the aforementioned factors, and that informed choices are always better than blind guesses.
Who are the real sheep - those who realize the differences, make smart choices, and buy what they need/can afford, or those who spout that their bargain brands are just the same? That's a rhetorical question, aimed at no one poster to this thread in particular.
As an aside, I like to collect mechanical (i.e. non-electronic) wristwatches, and one of my favorites is my stainless steel Rolex Submariner. I don't wear it to work, though, for fear of damage or loss, and I've got a Seiko which is a damn close replica, which I do wear instead. I set the Rolex twice a year, to adjust for daylight savings time, and it's never off by more than a fraction of a minute. I have to set the Seiko every week, and it's always a few minutes fast, even after being calibrated by an authorized dealer. The Seiko was 1/10th the cost, but clearly it's not the same, regardless of outward appearances. Are they both useful and functional? Of course they are.