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JTheesfeld
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I’ll chime in here.
While I do not have enough experience with all the available laps out there in order to compare, I can only tell you about some overseas laps I have been working with, and depending on.

THK from e-bay.

Over a year ago, I needed to expand my preform lap options, and I found these THK laps at such a good price that I had to try them. 12 laps for $129. Actually, I think they were on sale when I bought them for <$100.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-pcs-THK-8-INCH-Diamond-coated-Flat-Lap-wheel-Lapidary-sanding-polishing-disc/132036236426?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D52935%26meid%3D5784a5badfeb46eebe539f5712c3d035%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dlo%26sd%3D122271470543%26itm%3D132036236426&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

I started out with a 600 and 1200 Sierra 2 years ago. In my experience now (only 2 years) those two laps are worn beyond use. The 1200 is a nice worn-in lap for some fine pre-polish, but I rarely use it now.
With the 12 THK laps, I am able to mix-up so many grit options that I have a new faceting experience with every gem I dop up, in a very good way. I do not believe any of my THKs laps have slowed down in any way after over 100 gems of all sorts. As far as quality, I have used them for rapid preforming and pre-polishing for all my latest competition gems, with no problems what so ever. You may not have the same experience, but for $129, you will not break the bank to give them a whirl.
I especially love the 500 grit, and the 800 grit.
I was having trouble with maintaining my competition size tolerances with a cerium oxide polishing lap on very fine facets. (I have learned that Cerium oxide can actually be very aggressive). I found a very light touch on a 3000 THK did the pre-polish trick every time, then I polished quartz with a 50,000 Batt final. Again, this is for very small fine facets in quartz species.