Yes, it is quite surprising to me that nowadays a lot of youngsters has the money to buy custom. I put my ES3X in the for sale forum and I got a lot of reaction from students as young as 16 years old. How the hell do they get their money? When I was 16, I was freaking happy if I can buy a cassette tape with my allowance.
And what makes it worst is that they don't realize that their ear is still growing, custom will be a waste of money. They need to refit every year.
thats the evil/greatness of this hobby/website. people will spend money on things they never in their wildest drreams thought they would ever need/want before coming here. before you know it, youve tried dozens of headphones/amps/sources and you just keep working your way up to the top (customs for IEM and the flagships for full size)
getting 16s were totally out of my price range but i had been researching/trying different things and just figured, i am now upgrade proof. i no longer have any urge to try any other IEM and in the long run, that might have saved me moeny from buying and selling after trying new ones out.