True. But we can thank our economy for the market flood of everythingSo true. I have many memories from growing where I'd get my drums sounding awesome in my room then take would take them to school or a venue and they'd suddenly sound like poop. Nothing like learning by experimentation.
As for the DW marketing machine - you gotta give credit where it's due. When I was in High School (mid nineties) DWs were like these things of myth. They'd be talked about in my local drum shop, but the shop never got any in. Then by the time I was out of college, Guitar Center was selling them and practically every pro player is endorsing them. Not to mention, by and large, their rep for quality is largely undiminished. I say kudos.
Also, the offshoot of the DW market flood is that there are far more used kits to had at very competitive prices - especially in the current buyer's market.