they were trying to create a product to fill a void in the market. there is no other product that competes with it. if slinger were to create a better machine i am sure they would call it something like "the elite" and double the price. and i believe tagurit's main point is that it is good value. and over time many products do see improvements or updated versions. seems like slinger tried to make up for the delays and gave everyone their money back who asked for it. i am just hoping the price stays low when it hits retail.