I live in the UK, so even if I wanted an Agile or Schecter 8 string I couldn't get one without shipping it from the USA, which leaves the only other option available to me being the ESP LTD. Besides being priced at £800, making it very expensive, I don't want one anyway.
I trust ESP fully for all my 6 string needs, but when it comes to 7+ strings I always look to Ibanez, so a midrange Ibanez 8 would be perfect for me and others who want an 8 string for fooling around, not a high-spec one for use in a band.
EDIT: I've just done some looking around and found that while hard to get hold of, SC-608Bs are also available in the UK. This carries an even higher pricetag of £900, but is definitely something I will buy if I can afford it. Also, ESP website says it's Alder but the guitar website says Mahogany
I'd still prefer a midrange guitar for reasonable money without having to pay through the nose for something I may not end up liking anyway...