A friend and I discovered his VW rabbit had a mostly plastic radiator on a road trip, talk about planned obsolescence! Also planned to be incredibly inconvenient to replace, at any random time down the road somewhere far away from the german factory that makes them. Like in Yakima Washington which is pretty far from Germany. It took a few days to get out of there. I had a moment, was seriously bummed on things, the series of defective products had me questioning and feeling sort of foolish. But I am over that and working on a layout module! I sort of forgive Scaletrains and sort of dont, the level of incompetence on the decoder is inexcusable. I have stayed up for several nights in a row, getting about 2-3 hour sleep with alarm set, to manufacture in plastic on FDM printers I made to fulfill orders for small home luxury goods. I am not a total novice to manufacturing and design. I went to college for industrial design and watch small manufacturing trends in a few countries' regions besides north america. So I know that the reality is in most, and by most I mean like 99% of markets one has to get it right or be eaten alive by competitors. I am not so much mad at scale trains as mad for them and the entire community. I heard the head of the NMRA on a podcast talking about dropping numbers in the hobby, which I just got into and makes me feel a bit awkward. It's fun, and it can be difficult in good ways with all the different skills involved. I think there is room for it to expand not contract if the industry makes sure the entertainment dollar brings entertainment and avoids disappointment at all cost. The emotionally connected railroad fan is always going to be a market, but it will be a shrinking market if the industry doesn't have the concept that everything beyond food and water and air is entertainment, even transportation for many in industrial countries is a place consumers spend extra for entertainment. Every well thought out well designed product that impacts its market is making emotional impact, that emotion needs to be positive. There are so many ways a person can spend the few dollars out of budget they commit to entertainment, of course the market is shrinking if they commonly ship defective products. Even a no question return policy is not going to stop most walking away after a few disappointing unboxings, unless they have social pressure or emotional ties to railroading. Good luck with that I think sarcastically, then remember I am sticking with this and feel like doing something to help change this and not feel like I just joined the ever shrinking losers club. seriously, how it feels, and yet the act of running trains and modeling landscape is super fun and it's not lame at all, its pretty cool. the loser part is the taking of abuse and being someone else's sucker as they get what they can from those into it while hurting the hobby. The rough cut tubing emotions coming out again. ugh gotta let that go. I was offended by the traction tires so much it just put me off on everything. I you want those, go to a hardware or plumbing store, 3mm polyvinyl same thing, cut yourself with more care or even use a jig to make them perfect either with a sharp extending utility blade heated with a heat gun or a hotwire since many have foam cutters. Clean rounded edges from the heat so they won't tear from a nick on a 90 degree edge. I 3d print jigs and fittings to do things like that so to get hand cut I am just blown away by the total lack of design engineering and effort. The image on the shop page showed literally round o rings. The shop is being great about all this, returns will be sent and I will move on. I literally have that material is the worst part, I could have cut the exact same thing myself but wanted to work on other things on the list and for $5 have actual o rings to try out from supposedly 'model railroaders'. There is so much to do, and so little time, in this life. That is the thing that had me most down, several days of looking at the layout and wanting to be into it and model landscape, but instead dealing with bad products on the phone and in email and then just feeling uninspired. A working loksound UP leader for my tank train set would have been mighty motivating... but oh well, I am back on it and the AC4400cw Kato engines are pulling everything, 33 car set, rather quietly and peacefully and easily, which is nice for other reasons.