With Mervin brand boards, the price may be slightly higher but keep in mind that the factory is super eco-friendly, and employes about 170 people in the washington area.
Most other companies are being built in Taiwan or Austria etc at factories that produce good product, lower prices, and are factories that have mulitple brands and lines being produced at the same place.
I have been working in a shop since 2005 and have ridden lot of brands and have really tested the construction of boards over the years.. and yes i have broken about 15 boards in this period.. all boards break, and some companies and warranty departments are better than others.
The rocker thing took the industry by storm, but full circle and boards with low cambers or flat cambers are really becoming popular.
More pop, better edge hold, better stability, but less forgiving.
If you want something to butter down the mountain or ride pow... the rocker thing is rad.
For a more balanced controlled feel, maybe consider a flat cambered board too.