It's easy to forget (or maybe I often do) that some people are fans of brands and the subject is often sensitive. I guess it is because I am looking at a new product from a different view such as "wow it does this" "and no one's done that yet" or "cool that is what I was missing in X type product". However that's what good discussions on subject matter bring out, differing views and that too can be a positive thing. Because of the way I look at new products it might be no shock to someone else that I have different brands sitting on my bench. From one perspective that has something to do with marketing. From another its what I get from that product that makes me use it exclusively. Yet being flexible I have changed some products to better fill a need based on their performance and some are discovered due to a supply shortage. In the end I find something that fits and for me that's what matters. The same can be said for competition being beneficial to the consumer as new or improved products often come from that same competition. Price is often another benefit from competition. Lemons do make lemonade in the right hands and if you like juice there is always someone making it differently.