1) price of gear is based on market price expectation. "Brand X kites in general should cost 2000 money units". Labour-cost, material-cost, central-office-cost etc are minor per kite (if brands sell big number of kites) relative to consumer price, most cost for you is the profit for importer and kiteshop. Sure with higher price you might get more quality kite. But for example North Kiteboarding (NKB, ancestor of Duotone) kites have valve delaminating problems for 10y according to my friends using North. So no. But everything is a combination cost-wise. You list "Duotone" in your profile's gear-section, so if you already have their 5 line bar and 5 line kite, you could stick to it to use multiple kites with a single bar. You could buy older model year or 2nd hand NKB kites too. But on 2nd hand check that it is ok, not wakestyle-bombed to pieces and patched together for 2nd hand cheating sales, IMO don't buy blind from source you don't trust.
2) You don't give much background info so no-one could really say about 9m and 12m. What kind of wind profile your area of kiting usually have (10-16kn, 10-20kn, 20kn+). What kind of twintip you would be running, slow or fast because it relates with wind profile your kinetic energy levels for tricks. How much do you weight. Everything relates to kites sizes you should select. Then between kites there are power differences on same sizes. I.e. some jump better than others, others turns better than others. Some are more downwind trucks which feels more powerful but they are not, they are just draggy wind bags when riding speed gets higher.
Our area we have 70kg Duotone importer and he uses 12m-16m kites mostly. More windier area he would mostly be on smaller. Basically simple as that. I am 40kg heavier than he is and I don't need 9m kite at all. I've 8m kite but I use it very rarely, mostly snowkiting.
3) If you have the wind (we are not talking light wind? Ref. question 2.) all kites will relaunch. In general with more swept LE at wingtips you can easier roll kite to relaunch position. I'd suggest go directly with a kite aimed to your style. If you want to do wakestyle, and you have wind, buy heavy kite to endure the coming crashes. If you can demo a kite near-by use that opportunity. If you have been on course with Duotone kites they might feel most familiar to you but also other kites do the same - pull you through the water. So be open. It is very fast on a demo to note bar feel if you can ride 3 kites in a row, which you that time like the best. Buy older model kite (2017-2018) as new from outlet with A-quality, like kitepirates.de if you are in EU. Quickly looking you save 400e in between 2018 and 2019 models. New thing on 2019 versus 2018? 1-2% change on same charasteristics, fabric colors and printed year in fabric.
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