You know, they cost so much to obtain that no one in their right mind would ever expect to get anything near what they paid for one.
They were available when the main manufacturers were doing all they could to make sure the general population saw as little as possible of the Blade Electrons by keeping them out of car shows.
They were available when there was next to nothing else on the market. Then these other cars appeared but at the same price or two thirds but with major manufacturer polish (plus a manufacturer link from the past and a hope from the manufacturers of a continuation on into the future (services, parts, chain around the neck etc).
It is worth it to have some independence from the current system a la Linux compared to the others at the price that Linux demands of their users. But it is worth it. The thing is, if you can't do it yourself, you must know someone who has the expertise, willingness to learn and availability to help you to get to know your car.
I wanted an Electron while they were still available (and, unfortunately, I was right).
Now, the few incidents I have encountered indicate that people think I would give them away for nothing. But guess what, I have the only throwaways that picasso or matisse made, and that aren't up to scratch. But you can't get them anymore.
So I hope they can take me from here to there. I'm currently very pleased with what they do and I have the right mental attitude to accept their current limitations. I reckon they'll be better later, when they're modified with what's coming. It is coming, it's just a bit slow.
Oh well, no worse than owning an old Trumpy, but people (other people) still have those. Strange how that appeals to people.
I've added this bit as an edit. Someone got back to me regarding a survey and it shows what they think about the Blade Electron:
"You are one of a few former Blade owners whom I have spoken to and with whom I empathise."
But, as I've said, no empathy required
When a shark bites someone, I don't emphathise. I mentally request that they stay out of the water.