i agree with all of what you said. i wasn't really clear enough with not recommending a board like that. I was really just trying to address the perception that one of those boards is going to fall apart in a year. they are nearly indestructible -- but, like you said, if it breaks it's going straight to the landfill. although, i dont think someone would actually look any cooler with some pop-out vs a used board. but, I am not cool so take that with a grain of salt
These boards from overseas do fall apart. Quickly. LIke weeks if you are an every day or even every-other day in the water kinda surfer. I know. I have had friends try these out. They fall apart quickly. Please, do not confuse these boards with Coils, Firewire, or any other decently manufactured boards that utilize sandwhich vacume bagged technology or Bert Berger epoxies, or even Surftechs (eww).
These boards are throw aways that will last days if you surf even a decent amount.
Poorly made ripoffs with their designs all stolen from real shapers... usually stolen very poorly as well. Crap stuff.