Looked at the links with keen interest. It is my imagination, or are route r bids less expensive or at least holding their prices?
I had a couple of projects to do about 10 years ago where I edged all the t rim by hand for a client. It wasn't a ton (500' or so) and I didn't want t o buy Amana, CMT or others because of the price, so I went with MLCS since they told me that if I didn't like them I could return them. I liked the bi ts and put a couple of my contractor buddies on to them and they used their door sets with great success.
Best for them was the fact that they were literally 30-40% less than the bi g guys. Now MLCS is cheaper than I remember, and likewise the bits on the links you posted.
Is it my imagination? Are production methods to the point where these guys can hold the line on pricing?