Wally, I would like to remind you that the friendliness that is embodied in the TOU allows us to express and share our opinions and disagree without personalizing differences of those opinion.
No one is "told" to buy anything here. They ask for, and get opinions. In this case Jrp's opinions are based on hands on ownership experience of more tripods than most people have handled in a lifetime.
You are just as entitled to express your opinion and I for one would like to hear the basis of your opinions (beyond what you might have read somewhere, unspecified, on the net). But it must be done in the spirit of friendliness that is what makes Nikonians what it is.