I saw Festool stuff at woodcraft long before I knew of this forum, or the wood whisperer. I just at that time couldn't justify the cost. Now that I'm building better stuff it's worth it to me. Whether he's sponsored by them or not doesn't change my opinion of their tools. Still premium, still expensive, still the best you're getting at a hobbyist level and most pro level stuff.
I bought my ETS 150-3 years before I found Marc's site and this forum. Pricey tools ? Yes ! Last and worth the investment ? Oh hell yes. Never forget the time value of money, even if this is just a hobby for you.