I get what you're saying. But in all honesty, most customers are not as educated as the population of this forum. So to them, their decision is based solely on appearance. I see it all the time, especially when it comes to purchasing ski boots. Here's the most important piece of equipment and they're basing it on the 'cool' factor as opposed to fit. I bet over 50% of the skiing population skis on improperly fitted boots.
I, for one, prefer the graphics of the Peak over the Monsters. Those green or red/black graphics were downright butt ugly. I never cared to demo them either because I already have an all mountain ski which i'm extremely happy with.
I will say this though, I tried desperately to find a pair of Supershape Speeds to demo all of last year. Why is that ski so bloody difficult to come by?
It was completely sold out all of last year (according the the Head rep in Whistler) in all of Canada. I tried again 2 weeks ago when they had they're demo tent in Whistler. Spoke to the same Head rep and got the same response. I was ready to put down my $$$ for that ski. Ended up going with a pair of Fischer Progressor 8 instead (fantastic ski btw).