Thanks for news, it is interesting
Common stuff with simple specs is one thing, but I never buy non-Apple chargers as others have been known to literally FRY the device they are charging. Penny wise and Dollar foolish - - allowing a $1.95 charger to destroy an expensive iPad or iPhone.
I bought on amazon and found very good quality
I guess you don't like paying 4 times as much for that "solid Electrical engineering". Good engineering isn't about throwing money at a product, it's more about designing it to do it's job without overkill and waste.
No, I don't like over-paying. Which is why I buy other well-design products from other companies. Sticking to chargers, Anker is another company that doesn't skimp on design, components, or QC & QA. They are hardly the 'bargain basement' chargers that are the target of this article, but are still much cheaper than Apple.
By my own estimation, about 25% of Apple's pricing is marketing, 25% for the "privilege" and aesthetic, and the remaining 50% is engineering costs and ensuring a profit is turned on just those cost. From a pure hardware perspective, I respect them. But, because I know what I am looking at, I also know I can buy comparable hardware from other companies for much less.
We all have reasons why we select one product over another, and price is frequently a primary discriminator.
While many enjoy building and modifying their PC, I've had my hardware days when in high school with etching my own pc-boards, fm/am radios and mobile transmitters.
Reliability and Security are my hot buttons, so I don't root my cellphone. With all the variations that have been derived from Google for the Android and the subsequent ease of hacking these devices, it's no surprise that would opt for well managed platform where there are coding standards and requirements that must be met to allow Apps to arrive on the Apple Store.
So yes, I (willingly) pay extra to obtain better Reliability and Security.
Amazon also commingles user reviews/ratings for completely different products in the same/similar product line. A lot of Amazon policies make zero sense.
Sue Amazon they are complicit