OK, zslane and Wodan, you couldn't have known that I already knew about the differences between a 'legend plate/insert' and a whole new custom mold for a new key size and/or shape and the huge difference in cost between them. I understand that it might be necessary to explain that to other people, but two times shortly after one another, really? Anyhow, I thought the numbers sounded weird and outrageously high for a few extra keys, especially when they are 'supposed' to be cheaper than SP, so I thought that I should report on my findings when MaxKey was brought up in this thread.
When the MaxKey's representative was, supposedly, shown this http://i.imgur.com/A8vmvfY.png
he/she said that it requires a new mold. Now, mind you, I didn't read the original Chinese conversation, and even if I would've, I can't read Chinese. Most of this conversation went unpublished in the channel that I was in, and most of those snippets of it that got published in the channel went through a translator before Ryu reported back, so all of my findings are third-hand sources, second-hand at best.
Let's suppose that the rep wasn't misunderstanding anything, then something probably got lost in translation along the way to me. However, if the MaxKey rep thought that they needed a new mold, and not a new legend plate, for a bunch of 1u, 1.25u and 1.50u novelties, and then went on to quote a price for a new mold, shouldn't that give some kind of indication of the states of things at MaxKey?
My hope for the future: Everybody lets the Chinese manufacturer produce their keys and I have 0 waiting time for SP production.
Sounds like a plan! Now, how to convince everybody else...