Jim raises (no pun intended) a valid point, one that I have given a lot of thought. Nationally and internationally, there is a vast number of people who have now grown up with the internet, and have developed a sense that all information (there's a difference between information and knowledge) should be theirs without much more effort than a few keystrokes. This type of thinking existed before the computer, of course, but coupled with a world-wide disregard for intellectual property and copyrights, patents, and trademarks, it creates a grim situation for the artists and creators in the pursuit of better magic. Driven by demand? Sure, but the demand is being supplied by manufacturers and dealers who do not have the right or permission to produce and sell these tricks. Ask yourself, is it about the money or the Art? (Hal Halbrook as the Professor in "Shade")
Here's something to think about - an observation quoted from Owen Magic Supreme's Catalog: "There is hardly anything in the world that some man can not make a little worse and sell a little cheaper - and the people who consider price only are his lawful prey."
"It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do." - John Ruskin
I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but at the risk of sounding elitist, which I am not (not inside any inner circle but my own at present), we do not share magic secrets or working knowledge of someone else's property. Most who claim they have a god-given right to know, do not deserve to know. Don't let your purchases in magic be decided on price alone. Buy less and buy original quality.
And to my friends the innovators, builders, purveyors of original magic, please don't be discouraged, but do the things that you do best. I want to ask the rest of us, including those who like to buy the flavor of the week tricks: don't buy junk, buy less but buy up. Don't encourage more rip-off wholesalers. But, it was ever thus... :/
"No Dough, No Show" - Stan Kramien
"What the mind harbors, the body manifests." - Tohei Koichi