I think that's a rather narrow minded perspective.
Would you feel confident to characterise it as any more narrow-minded than your own?
Particularly your attitude to e.g. Pelikan pens.
Whilst I do not doubt your claim to have bought one (or even two) with which you had initial nib problems, you seem to habitually attempt to extrapolate your own anecdote in to 'objective data' that 'proves' that 'a high proportion' of Pelikan pens are lousy.
Even when people who have never had any problems with their own Pelikans contrast their own anecdotal evidence with yours.
At least I wouldn't dismiss a statement from someone with decades of experience - a person who deals in vintage pens - that in his experience Esties usually last for a couple of decades as "I'm sure the Esterbrook may
have lasted for a little while
" (emphases here mine).
That choice of phrasing, to me at least, reads more like attempted trolling
than reasonable debate.
Or perhaps I am being unreasonably thin-skinned?
Your computer and almost all of your electronic devices are probably made there yet you trust them enough to buy them for a reasonably large sum, right?
Firstly, I do enjoy your use of the term 'probably' in that sentence.
Secondly, I am especially NOT an 'early adopter' of un-tried 'bleeding-edge' technology; the electronic devices that I do buy have all been purchased from manufacturers that have been in operation for decades - such companies may well use sub-contractors in 'emerging markets', but they also all have hard-won reputations to protect, and do
have robust quality-control procedures already
in place, which they can apply to their sub-contractors.
UNLIKE new companies that have not been making products in that class for more than a couple of years. A bit different, no?
In my opinion, buying from a company with the incentive to protect a hard-won reputation for reliability is far more likely to result in the purchase of a product manufctured with good quality control than 'rolling the dice' to buy something produced at VERY low cost by a company that is a newcomer to its industry.
Fourthly, as those electronic products do
cost what you rightly characterise as "reasonably large sums", the business model under which they are produced is very, very different to the one of mass-producing a product that will be sold for a very low price (like, say, a cheap fountain pen).
Many prospective purchasers of the cheap fountain pen - whose price is only a mere fraction of its competitors' prices - WILL be willing to risk the purchase of several unusable pieces of junk in order to get one that works ok.
A failure-rate of 40% is no problem when the purchaser is only paying a nugatory sum for the product.
Try doing that - having a failure rate of 40%, with multiple different problems occurring - if you are trying to sell your products for several hundred $ per item, like, say, with a computer/smartphone. I doubt that your company would last for very long.
I would much sooner trust the QC of a Jinhao or a Hero than any Pelikan or Visconti.
That is your right, but would your attitude be the same if Jinhao & Hero pens cost as much as Pelikan or Visconti pens do?
My opinion is that many people may be happy to gamble their cash on cheap pens made by new companies because the loss that will be incurred if the cheap pen proves to be junk will only be low - but I am not one of those people.
If I am paying for something, I want it to work.
It is the same reason why I am willing to pay for decent hiking gear - it costs many times more, but I know
that it will keep me warm and dry, and not
simply disintegrate the first time I take it up a Fell.
Furthermore - and my apologies to all if this last part is deemed to be 'political' - I am NOT willing to fund the process of enabling foreign companies to cut the throats of all the manufacturers in my country. Particularly not while the products they offer for sale have poor quality control.
I see no value in engaging in a crapshoot that may leave me with either an ok pen, or a few pieces of junk, in exchange for which my paying for them to learn how to manufacture to acceptable standards of reliability will
mean that I get higher unemployment in my country, and
a fall in receipts to HM Treasury too.
Once all their competitors are dead, do you think that these for-profit companies will still
be selling their products for next-to-nothing?