You'll get no argument from me there. I like my 18" kick a lot, and think I would most likely prefer it over a 16". And someone could drop a tom if they just have to have a 4 piece.
But it seems a fair amount of people think the Safari was just right, exactly the way it was.
There's also a price difference from about $340usd to about $499usd - not that that would be a big big deal breaker for most people.
I hear you on the 18". You are right.
About the price.. Let me ask you Bill. If you sell a brand new 12" tom, and ALL hardware, boom, cymbal, snare stand, hi hat , pedal. How much you think you would make off of all this brand new equipment. ???
Get it ?