Thanks to Google, a few of the stroller posts take on a life of their own, attracting advice seekers, firsthand accounts, and some rather excited reactions. For example, a fellow named Too Much Money just posted this on a Stokke Xplory post. [Mall of America shoppers be warned: from my own experience at the marble and limestone National Gallery of Art, the Bugaboo's rubber tires squealed like a pig on luau day going across the terazzo]:
OK, I think the price of both Cameleon and the Xplory is absolutely ridiculous! For all the people here trying to justify the price - you have lost your minds!!! I drive a porsche 911 and a BMW 745, but at least I am not trying to argue that they are not absolutely ridiculously overpriced.Related: Strollers for Porsche Drivers
I guess it's a question of personal choice, and pride. Believe me, your kid DOES NOT know the difference in what stroller they roll, so please don't justify you wanting to be cool with what is the best for your kid. Yeah, it might be more comfortable for you to navigate, or smaller to fit in your trunk, or cooler to get the looks from other people, but it has nothing to do with the safety and well being of your kid. So cut the crap.
Thats why we spend $100K on a stupid porsche, just so we can look cool, and yes, maybe get enjoyment of driving it about 1% of the time when you can actually drive it differently than any other Honda Civic in town. As for myself, I'm pushing the green whatevertheheck brand it was around, and listen to this - my kid also loves to get in this stroller - surprise surprise! Maybe it's not the stroller, maybe it's the whole concept of being out and seeing other things, have you thought about that?
Another point to keep in mind - in Europe the streets and sidewalks look like they haven't been fixed since the bombings during the 2nd world war, and perhaps you need this thing to get around. In the USA, you'll be holding your coffee in one hand, your soda in the other (no cup holders), and trying to juggle 15 bags in the perfect marble floor of the Mall of America. And your kid won't be riding a smoother ride than the kid in the green stroller with the huge storage area full of bags underneath... :)