« on: October 15, 2014, 10:16:00 PM »
Generally speaking, a manufacturers top of the range product is aimed at pros. Take knives, pans, laptops (the business lines), and I presume microscopes etc.
My Calphalon Commercial cookware was bought at Macy's, and my Wusthof pro knives came from Williams-Sonoma...not a restaurant supplier. I've never seen a 'pro' microscope. General Motors ran a marketing campaign for their Professional Grade trucks...I know a few people who use them to commute to their professional office jobs.
The top end is aimed at people who are willing and able to pay the higher price. "Pro" is purely a marketing distinction.
I do not see why you think where you bought something has to do whether it is pro-grade or not.
You are right to say "The top end is aimed at people who are willing and able to pay the higher price".
But is also true to say those products tend to be of a better build, quality and lifetime expectation which are things that pros look for!
I know nothing about microscopes, but I would doubt that a consumer grade microscope is the same as those used at multi-million dollar R&D departments or in hospitals that demand the best.
Are you saying that if a trained doctor is using a consumer-grade microscope then it automatically becomes a pro-grade microscope?!
No of course it does not.
Same as if a pro photographer uses a 10D or a point and shoot or a phone to capture his shots. It does not make those cameras pro grade, and as such they are not pro cameras.
In general, doctors use very low end microscopes... if at all. Now lab technicians.... they have decent gear... but if you really want to see the good stuff go to a physics lab for a scanning tunneling electron microscope so you can see those individual atoms...
A real "pro" goes for the gear that get's the job done, not the very best. A doctor in a fertility clinic is not going to get the very best.... they want to watch how the sperm moves, not kill it and check to see if all the atoms are in the right place