Not sure how long you’ve been at it, but the qb’s weren’t even a twinkle in the eye two years ago. And the price for decent cobs is still up there.
I think the majority of it can be attributed to none of us really knowing any better. Try pretending you don’t know any different and look at the advertising on a $100 light vs $1000 light. All you see is a lot of big numbers and a pretty chart, and then you laugh thinking anyone spending $1000 for nearly the same thing is an idiot.
Been there, done that, and it sucks! If it’s within your means, spending a little more on lighting will almost always pay dividends immediately. Even if it means saving up for a little while longer. Too bad most of us learn the hard way lol.