I don’t think you are understanding the underlying principles. I see this every day for last 30 years… Roughly 20 percent of customers will be loyal and appreciate a good job. This leads to cost for any company: advertising, sales, packaging, collection, renegotiations, back massaging, superficial infrastructure like being vehicle, fancy clothing, store fronts. . None of the money goes into the product, not a dime. Instead, the successful companies are the ones that can posture, puff, etc. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the surviving companies must sell a 32 oz bottle of colored, inexpensive filtered tap water in packaging for several dollars a bottle. So to speak. It wasn’t cheap labor or usable products that over took American products. In 2003, everything made in China had very nice packaging, one product in three on the shelves was real, the other two were bogus. France, a decade earlier, ran into this truffle problem, where the China truffles looked the same but tasted like rubber. So, left at that, no one would buy the Chinese truffles. But they learned that by mixing in as little as a third french truffles in, people would keep buying the China truffles, as long as half the price. At the other end of spectrum, I have seen people pay $150 an hour for one guy and a snake, because the guy drove a $50,000 box truck, while quibbling about $35 an hour for skilled labor that take 10 years to master.
The result of this consumer ingratitude is higher costs, high failures, rise of inferior companies with bigger advertising and superficial infrastructure. And most importantly, need to lobby the government for regulations that only large companies can comply. This allows consolidation. They goal is always to consolidate to 2 to 4 big companies. Once consolidation complete, quality can drop and prices rise. The consumer treated like dog poop.
Ideally, the consumer dealing with small companies need to be educated on what is smoke and mirrors, vs what is real product, vs what is simply unsustainable.
Ultimately, customer greed, stupidity, obsessive compulsiveness, leads to higher prices, and more smoke and mirrors.