I have installed some hardware that was based on ancient Japanese styles for a client. I was hesitant at first but it turned out looking great. Lee Valley offered a bunch of hardware for "Tansu " furniture that was nailed on.
I'd agree with that. Hopefully my comments didn't imply otherwise. Schools/teachers are expected to raise, feed and teach kids. Its too much. Add in the fact that public schools continue to be one large experiment, with curriculum changing every 10 years (or more frequent) based on the "latest academic" research and you have a recipe for disaster. Tracking, mainstreaming, differentiation (differentiation is too much to ask of any teacher with 30 kids in a class, IMO).... the philosophy on what to do with kids who aren't in the middle 50th percentile also changes every few years. Too many cooks in the kitchen.....
No it absolutely DOES...it reflects the global market value of any item. That won't be the same as local market value. There are pros and cons for both sellers and buyers. Sellers can find a buyer for almost any item in the world, and get top dollar for rare or unique items. Buyers can FIND almost any item in the world, and often get exceptional deals, especially when the market is saturated.
The market is still free and completely driven by supply and demand, so there's no room to whine about it unless y'all are ready to switch to communism.