I'm speaking with everyone's best interests in mind.
It makes sense to discuss or encourage people to buy various bits of equipment that can't be easily made from scratch, or is beyond the average person's technical proficiency. The forum is a resource that saves us time and money, through the unfiltered transmission of candid advice, informed by real personal experience.
I can't make a ruler with laser etched accuracy on my own. I can't spend the time or money it would require to build power tools from scratch. I can't get a low cost perfect edge on a blade without someone providing a little guidance. And I can't tell how rugged a piece of equipment is unless someone honestly tells me what they've read or experienced. So, someone like me comes here looking to absorb and rebroadcast the things that will legitimately help the grass roots woodworker. And I've freely participated for about a year now.
When I come across a post like the one that started this thread, and place it in the context of some other recent posts (like the Sharp 9000btu mini split thread), and see that everyone's password is getting changed for some kind of server reset on the back end, it makes me skeptical that there's something changing behind the scenes.
I don't want this site to turn into another data combine, harvesting our information and funneling it to the highest paying advertiser, or covertly duping the community into wasting their hard earned money on orchestrated product fads.
Now if I'm wrong, and this plastic stick is just organically popping up, with an MSRP of 10-15x markup, then so be it. But at least I reminded the folks on here that even $15 took time and effort to earn from the world, and they're better off using that money on things they can't easily and cheaply be done on their own.