And at visor, yes I know, my friends play HY as well. I know the supplier and can get pretty cheap prices from them. I personally place Victor shuttles though. I have a supplier in HK that I know and I usually go back twice a year, so I can bring back as many as I want. But my friend is in Vancouver, and he wants a cheaper shuttle. There are many reasons to want a cheaper shuttle. I know the people he plays with aren't so good but can be powerful. In that sense, it's better that he plays with cheaper shuttles because:
1. They potentially hit and smack the skirt / mishit. Causing even good birds to break easily.
2. Because of reason #1, it actually is more economical to use cheaper shuttles than consistently break nice ones too often due to others.
3. Using cheaper shuttles also cause others to feel worst about consistently breaking your shuttles and take out their own, especially if you're using like 2 every time, and it's not cause the shuttle breaks fast (partly) but because they're mishitting so often.
and 4th, is my own reason for buying cheaper shuttles... it's basically the same as #1. I use cheaper shuttles for games where I feel like the level is lower, and not worthy of taking something like an AS50 out to play with.