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Because they are mass produced. Not custom blown
This, toys like those from SSA glass are made using molds whereas glass from Xhale and Phallix are made one at a time by caring artisans. That is where the price difference comes from.
Having said that, cheap does not always mean low quality. In my testing
I found that a SSA glass toy survived two drops of 6-7 feet onto a steel table. Damn strong for a "Cheap" glass toy. Two of SSA's glass toys also survived
going from boiling water to ice water as well.
What I find the major difference comes in the form of visual appeal, toys in the higher price range have more unique coloring and or techniques used to make them, take the Lattachino swirl probe. The swirled pattern is made by actually twisting two different colors of glass and then forming it into the shaft.