This has been such a hotly debated topic... are NIB manufacturers charging what games actually cost to make?.... OR are they taking advantage of a market that has proven It can afford way more?
Just in watching the NIB market over the last 3 years, price jumps sure felt like manufacturers were increasingly taking advantage of a market that was willing to pay more than reasonable price points.
But, there are voices of reason that always say "Folks, manufacturing in 2017 costs THAT Much!" And "Licenses are expensive!"
Well... listen to Chris's most recent podcast. Roger Sharpe - someone who knows waaaaaaay more about this stuff than us - tells the truth. (1) game manufacturing costs aren't driving this silly price hike and (2) people have no idea what they are talking about when they claim that a license drives the price of a game up.
Wake up collectors!
We are driving the prices. We say "No" and the prices come DOWN.
We're being played and it ain't going to end pretty. Any voice of the hobby that claims differently needs to re-evaluate. When Roger Sharpe voices an opinion, we'd better listen.