I understand where you are coming from. I tried a set of cheap Callaways and Wilson Staff at a slightly higher price, but preferred the feel of the Power Bilt. The clubs got me from a 28 handicap to a 20 handicap. Funny how they perform better now than they did when I first bought them! Even thinking of hitting a high draw 200 m with the driver then was a pipe dream!
Power Bilt make a range of clubs too, from low end to better quality. Like all things made in China, they build them to the specifications supplied.
Retailers usual mark up is 100% or more. Drummonds provided a service and they gave me honest advice. They could have tried to up sell me to premium brands ( $3000+), but that would have been unscrupulous sales pressure. At the time I was uninformed about what I needed to get started and whether or not I was going to persist with the game. Sure I could have sourced clubs second hand that were better quality for $1000, but I didn't know how/where to do so. Plus clubs have a finite life span before they wear out. Is is better to buy a set of clubs say 4 years old that has been used three times a week, or a new set from a golf store outlet?
You are right about wasting my time advertising on this site. I doubt many beginners are on here, but someone might know of a learner that needs some clubs. BTW I turned down a an offer of $350 last week.