In this modern age, the average yoyoist would be hard-pressed to find a yoyo that can’t handle his or her array of tricks. The art of yoyo manufacturing is more or less down to a T. Aluminum construction, ball bearing, recessed response, and high rim-center weight ratio.
And now there are more companies and yoyos to choose from than ever before! But with so many choices come dilemmas. What do you spend your hard-earned (or not) money on? Compared to other skill toys, they’re relatively expensive, and most can’t buy an appealing yoyo on a whim.
I, for example, give utmost importance to the aesthetics. If a yoyo doesn’t look good, I absolutely don’t buy it/trade for it. It HAS to have colors that I like and be within a certain range of size. Black and fullsized being my preference.
Uniqueness also plays quite a big factor. For example, G Squared’s Triton has silver engraving cut directly into the yoyo. CLYW has double rings on the Chief (though with so many of latest models having them, it loses a bit of its uniqueness).
Something I don’t consider is brand loyalty. Not sure if I’m being hypocritical or not, as most of the yoyos I own are CLYW. If a company makes a yoyo that looks interesting, I’ll jump on it.
I also tend to stay away from certain manufacturers for certain reasons.
I’m very picky, so something as simple as the blast will alter my decision. String Theory’s bead blast is something I detest, so it’s driven me away from most of their models (still looking to try out a shiny Orion, though haha). I’ve also got a slight beef with YYR’s Acrophobia. It’s an astonishingly great yoyo, but the little lip on the edge of cups drive me crazy. It’s the main (and only) reason I parted with mine. Shame, too. It was a beautiful black (enjoy it, Sean!)
What about you? What sways your yoyo-money from one return top to the next?
(inspired by Jake’s post in the Triton Feedback thread)