Nothing says wear like a big loud thunk. Glad Margo has not shared this experience with me.My guess is they are determined to keep a metallic content as it will be less wear on the rotors and grippier. I will say the ceramics are a very tad soft first 100 miles or so as they break in, but they are every bit as good as OE or better.
You are probably right. Bean counters and all.