@Woody Ridenour posted:
It always rubs me the wrong way when people complain about Lionel "making high-tech stuff I can't afford" or "making fantasy engines I hate". Just because you can't afford or don't want to spend the money on the high-end stuff, doesn't mean that stuff shouldn't exist for those who can/do. I can't afford a yacht, but it doesn't bother me that they exist for those who can buy them. And likewise, I have no interest in a Milwaukee Road Acela, but if making and selling them can improve Lionel's sales and strengthen their company, why should I care?
Further, what do I do for things I can't afford but want? I save! If you really want something from this catalog, you have probably a year to save before you will have to cough up the money for it to buy or pay for the pre-order.
This reminds me of a time when I was a kid, I received a Marx set for Chrismas. My cousins received Lionel. I asked why. Lionel is way too expensive. If you want a train, be happy with Marx. The point I make is Lionel to me has always been expensive premium. Never thought of as great value, but was the best .