My post was not directed at you Ben. You would most likely be the recipient of such calls. It was more directed at the folks who bitch about the cost of something because they've seen the Chinese knockoff price on eBay but want the safety of buying it stateside.
Personally, I can't stand the tech calls about why something is not programming and find out they are using a $300 offshore programmer.
You need the micro pod 2 to do scan tool testing, bi directional controls, see live data, and other mechanical shop stuff. The point of the video is that key programming can be done without the micro pod 2.