It seems my comments hit a few sore nerves, all I indicated is that if the pistons were selling for usd 40, i would still pay for them but 10x at $200, no way in hell. It was never meant to be any attack on anyone's integrity or value system. How that came to be construed that way nobody knows.
Perhaps its a cultural thing but I and many other Chinese who grew up in dirt poor and moved on to middle class families, we were never lavish in our praise nor bask in them. If we got 90/100 in school, we were always told that it was never good enough for the next boy pipped us to it. If we got a perfect score, we were just told to work harder and maintain it, nothing more. Even when our parents went marketing and the products were good, we always pointed out the faults so that we can get a cheaper price. That same value system still works there.
To say that a product is worth twice that amount is essentially already high praise. Maybe not to head fi standards but it is practical enough for me to call it what it is. Put it this way, rather than saying that certain Chinese iems are cheap, I'd rather venture out on a limb and say that what is sold in the west is expensive. It's just a matter of perspective. Whatever the case, there has been no name callings or personal attacks involved and we are all here to share. Carry on doing what you always do.
I do have a message for Kova though. Every Alcoholic I know says they are not addicted and they just enjoy a nice drink. Carry on.