Ok the title of this thread is “click bait” but it also might be true.
Doing what I do - I am lucky enough to ride a LOT of skis and have super smart guys help me set them up. The fact that 99% of you have no choice but to buy a ski off the shelf and live with it for a year or two seems crazy to me. Ok so I am super freaking lucky to do what I do but that is NOT my point.
If my ski collection was stolen and the web site went bankrupt and I had to buy a ski and live with it I would do the following…. and this is what I think you guys should all do every spring. Have all your ski friends set their fin / bindings to bone stock and then trade skis with each other. Ride your friends ski for a whole weekend and try to make it work and then the next weekend trade with someone else. Do it for a few weekends. Feel the other skis. See what they do better or worse then your own ski. See how each ski works with the stock settings.
When it is all over you might be super happy or super sad when you get back to your own ski. Either way you will know what you have. Also you just might learn something unexpected.