If you go on Amazon, most of the Vater sticks (outside of the specialty ones) are under $8. Most other sticks by other manufacturers are just under $10 - or more. So why is Vater 20% cheaper? They’re supposed to last long (according to a lot of posts on here), so why the difference in price? If they’re arguably just as good and last long, I might buy more Vater just for the savings alone. I bought 2 pair of Vater Studio sticks because of this.