Originally Posted by mattathayde
you might be getting them at $2 a pop but they are cutting corners left and right to sell it that cheap, probably only flame annealing them to reduce costs yet reducing durability, cheaper low quality boro which will reduce durability and quality, using thinner glass to save money, etc
to the untrained eye the pieces may look fine but to a lampworker that knows what they are doing they would probably laugh at it
pieces seemed pretty heavy to me, limited breakage traveling from India to the states, inside out lathe work etc. Might not hold up to your standards, but a $40 piece is probably not going to be 20x better then a 2 dollar one. If it's going to break, it's going to break. Just a matter of when. Personally I'd rather see a cheap one break then one that costs an arm and a leg.