Lately there's been some great comments on the downslide of the plumbing industry due to "advances" such as sharkbites or other items that are accessable to the average homeowner. The thought is that is these items "dumb" down the quality and distinction of being a plumber due to their ease of use while tried and true techniques such as soldering are going by the wayside. My contention is that it is a bigger problem than that.
The plumbing aisle at my HD is huge. I can get any tool or part I want on E-bay. Ferguson's here will sell to anyone. HVAC repair parts are a different story. Hard to get, not impossible, outside of a supply house. All the supply house in my area won't sell to you unless you are a contractor. This is probably a major reason why repair rates for HVAC stay high. If outlets continue to have, and they will, accessable plumbing parts then the question "why are you charging me $200 for a part I can buy at HD for $10" will always be present and more persistent.
This thought has been on my mind for some time. No reply is necessary but always welcome. Just wanted to get this off my chest.