I probably should keep my mouth shut, and I should start by saying that having read your previous comments, I have a great deal of respect for what you say and have said in the past, but I think you are a bit wrong here.
First, I apologize for getting my terminology wrong as to seller, distributor, etc. What I meant was that if I look at a Pro 700, Synchronika, and other similar E61 machines, which as you say are sort of all in a similar group or type, I can find them at numerous places like Clive, WLL, etc. When I search for Lelit, I only see 1st Line. As someone else pointed out, they bought at Total Espresso, but it shipped from 1st Line. So, the whole seller, distributor, etc. confusion is my mistake, and I apologize. But, I still think that it is strange that other E61 machines have multiple sellers that seem to be common like Clive, WLL, etc., but Lelit doesn't. I understand you don't find that of concern, and many others might not, but merely expressing my opinion is to say that I do find it of concern. That doesn't make me right, it is just my opinion, or as others have said, my bias.
As to your taking issue with comparing very different machines, I think you are incorrect. That is a common problem many of us have, deciding between different machines and different needs fulfilled by different machines. It doesn't make much sense to have a long discussion as to whether to buy a Pro 700 or a Synchronika, but it does make sense, at least to me, to be deciding between two or more very different machines. I am struggling with that at this moment. Do I buy a Pro 700 or a Synchronika for ~3K, and what are the pros and cons, or do I buy the Linea Mine for ~4.9K, and what are the pros and cons? Basically, it all machines were the same and fulfilled similar needs it would just be who has the best PR or marketing. But, those of us who aren't as knowledgeable as you are really confused and uncertain as to where the best value point is in terms of price and features as we are upgrading from something like a Silvia. I honestly don't know what is best, and I was really interested in the Bianca. But, limited availability in terms of sellers has caused me concern. I like LM due to their having a US presence. But, $4.9K is a lot for me. Not sure what to do.
Anyway, all of this is a long way from saying you may think that those of us with less knowledge and more confusion than you are bizarre to compare two very different machines, but deciding between these machines that fulfill two very different need groups is exactly the issue we are dealing with.
Again, I have the utmost respect for you and your comments, and what I write here is hopefully just to explain why the original poster wrote his post, and why others like me were interested in it.