Does the fact that you can get custom items help?
- Would you/are you happy with stock offerings from the industry?
- Do you need to have something slightly different to make you smile?
- Do you need to have something that is totally different than everyone elses?
I don't think I own any custom kites, other than the simple ones I have made myself. I have a few non-mass produced kites, but they were not customized for me. So, no, custom kites have not helped in the kite invasion in my basement. Not that I wouldn't mind having custom kites, but I think the small builders and large manufacturers do a better job with color combinations and materials used than I could, i.e. I leave those decisions to the people that (should) know what they are doing, people that know what works.
The "stock offerings" can be hit or miss, I think there is plenty of design varieties out there, lots of very cool, mass produced kites from which to choose. It is disappointing when a kite, that looks great and should fly well, doesn't because of poor build quality.
I don't need anything different to make me smile, but I guess I do smile more when I fly the simple kites that I have made. I do like to see custom/unique kites, most of them are impressive. Sure, it would be nice to have kites that are different than anyone else's kites, but I am limited by funds and my own imagination...and room in the basement.