Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips in this thread. Let me address some questions and concerns below.
Pros and cons of the wide range of Swiss rail passes
@harveyshot/Phil: the vast offer of Swiss rail passes is something we as MySwissAlps.com have no control of. It has its pros and cons. The main pro of the current offer is that there are many solutions available, allowing each traveler to pick (combinations of) rail passes and tickets that suit their particular plans and preferences. If things were simplified, choosing a good discount product would of course be much easier. But it would also mean that less customization for all different kinds of (tourist) traveling was possible. It may be interesting to realize that, historically, Switzerland is a country with lots of regional and local transport companies, that co-exist along with the nation-wide SBB network. All of these smaller transport companies may set their own prices and have their own offers, and they negotiate to create offers and discount percentages for tourist rail passes. This partly explains why there are many products (including regional passes), and why the amount of discounts offered for attractions and routes differs for each pass.
As for prices: yes, Switzerland is expensive and that also goes for transportation. On the other hand, you do get value for your money. Swiss public transportation is highly efficient, well-maintained and generally runs smoothly. This can only be ensured with ongoing, high-level maintenance. That comes with a price. To create attractive offers, rail passes for both tourists as well as Swiss residents are available. In nearly all cases, a rail pass does help to save (a significant) amount of money, but of course things can be different if you mainly travel by car and only make a few trips by public transportation.
How MySwissAlps.com tries to help visitors choose their pass
As mentioned, we don't control which rail products are available. What we can do, is provide several tools to assist our visitors in the process of picking the right pass. Some of them prefer to calculate their costs as precisely as they can, to ensure they pick the cheapest option for their plans. We created the spreadsheet for them. Other tourists rather base their decision on other criteria, like flexibility or ticketless traveling. That's why some prefer the Swiss Travel Pass, which I understand has been a very convenient choice for the both of you, @Danielsan and @Schroffchetan.
We try to provide as much information as possible on each of our rail pass pages, on www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass and the downloads available there. These downloads don't only include the calculation spreadsheet, but also a general overview allowing visitors to study the main differences between rail passes at a glance. And of course there's the forum for anyone still not sure which pass or ticket to pick.
Swiss Travel Pass prices
@Schroffchetan: yes, I agree that the Swiss Travel Pass price increases of the past few years aren't attractive. As for next year: the initially planned price increase for high season luckily has been postponed (www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/overview-of-the-swiss-travel-system-passes-in-2021). I think it's still the most convenient and comprehensive pass for anyone relying heavily on public transportation, but of course each traveler has to decide for his/her own which product best matches their budget and preferences.