- Nov 16, 2018
- SHIRLEY, LONG ISLAND . N.Y.
You can use a hammer and chisel to see if you have talent. Alot goes into developing & marketing, everyone talks about things being unfair or the price is to high. Lindsey quality is no better than the knockoffs, These ppl NEVER held a Lindsey in their hand. Now on to my point. Imagine for a second if it was you who did all this to design ,build & market a tool ,you have a family to feed and a life to live. Anyone who says they would let the world have it is LYING , blaming the price of a Lindsey or GRS on not being able to engrave is a cop out also. There are many machines available from China that ppl use anyway. They really suck and when asked we tell them so but in the end if you really want to engrave you'll find a way. Plus in today's environment $1500 isn't all that expensive . Most times the kids that are crying are the same ones who cry for not getting a participation trophy for every little thing. The world owes me , blah blah blah. My god I guarantee almost 100% of these cry babies will drop a grand in n the next new I phone that comes out when the one they have is a still in perfect condition. SMMFHOI thought a patent only lasted for a certain number of years to give the inventor time to recoup development costs, establish the brand and develop the business without competition. I would have thought that Lindsay’s patent would have been in force longer than the patent permitted. I agree that knockoffs most times are not as good as the original in most cases. Although, sometimes they are better. When there is a price difference between the original and the knock off is a factor of 10 or more then something is wrong. Prices typically go down as the patent expires but this hasn’t happened with the major engraving equipment companies.
That said, I appreciate that GRS, Lindsay and Tira’s engravers are very high quality and built to last lifetimes. I know because I own all 3. However, many people are kept out of engraving because of the high cost of buying the equipment and education. The cheaper knockoffs allow people with less disposable income see if they have the talent and drive to learn to engrave without draining their life savings.
Protecting a design forever thru patents is just wrong in my opinion because it limits the competition forever and makes their products very expensive.