Unfortunately it now seems that they'll be making more money off of poor schmoes who only buy things because they know the name brand.
I'd have to agree on the mice part, mainly because over here there are so many Taiwanese brands of equivalent quality that sell for much cheaper.
As for the joystick, mine's not heavy at all. It weighs about the same as my very old but faithful Sidewinder Digital. As for reliability, so far after more than a month of daily IL-2 play I haven't encountered any physical problems. It's not like I had much choice in this matter anyway, the MS sticks here will cost you an arm and a leg.
"Nothing livens up a robotic hymn of doom more than an amazing pair of jugs." - Brak