Aimpoints are "cheaper" than Eothingys??
I've always thought the opposite. MOST Aimpoints are sold without a mount which must be purchased separately, whereas the EO's can be mounted (maybe not ideally) to an AR's flat top right out of the box at least.
Maybe I'm wrong.
Used both optics and prefer the Aimpoint. The 4 MOA Aimpoint dot is just as fast for target aquisition for me as the Eotech "Circle Of Death", which I personally find "busy".
Personally seen a few EO's go down in gun classes too, but maybe that's sheer coincidence. Many LE's and military folks have used them "operationally" without any problems.
Both Eotech and Aimpoint have reportedly wonderful customer service depts. Eotech hooked up a dear friend of mine who's older "F" model 552 went down and EO not only replaced it promptly, but even upgraded him to the new (then) "G" model.
The new Aimpoint T1 may just be the best optic I've ever seen. LONG battery life, compact, and rugged. Darn thing can be mounted up on most any weapon system too. Pistols, AR's, shotguns, bolt guns, etc.
It's an amazing optic so far, to be sure.