When I respond to folks with these types of questions and it comes to gear - golf, guns, watches, drums... it's easy to put myself in the position of someone earlier on in the journey. So in that light, I try to be encouraging about using second hand stuff, amateur stuff, off brand stuff. I try to reserve crapping on something only for when it's a ripoff. For example, want to buy a used, non TaylorMade/Titleist/Callaway/Ping driver? Fine, you don't need to look cool for anyone. If you're okay with giving up the 8-10 yards (not a big deal), then your choice, your money. If you name an amazon knockoff that's nothing more than an aluminum block glued to a stick? Then I'll tell you that you're getting screwed. I think in this case, it's much more the former than the latter.