i think that the point of this discussion is a broader one, and it does relate to Richard's comment about understanding customer psychology.
I am a fan of hearing the thinking and the reasoning behind lots of things -- including magic, purchasing decisions, and even marketing choices. I'd have a tough time contacting every poster here individually to find out what they think, so I, for one, welcome the discussion.
it is as germane to me as any explanation on Jim's part of his thoughts on/about selling magic. i now know something about the way he views selling things, how he views his customers, and how he makes some of his decisions. in this instance, I may see that I agree with him in many ways, and that would lead me to more seriously consider his products for future purchase. Hearing what someone thinks of those decisions he makes would be just more information for me as a consumer, and it provides a different perspective.
it is the seller's ultimate decision, after all, but some random future sellers may see this discussion, and the effect that these particular product decisions have on goodwill or perception, and make a more iinformed decision based on it.
We all have the ability to read or skip a post as soon as we find out whether or not its relevant to us...for any who may still be reading.