Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:
similarities - maybe, but .... in 2010 IM was $4.2k delivered (street). In 2017 that equals $4.7k, but SW pro is $5.5k delivered, almost 20% higher. That last bit is proving a difficult swallow for those here as little as three years ago. If SW pro was $4.7k to your door, cheerleaders would be beating down the factory door and scooping games off the assembly line with solder still smoldering.
First off, you need to find a better distributor, $5500 is more than I got quoted from any of the distros I talked to. Besides, even with your analysis, personally, I'm willing to pay a 10% premium over what equivalent prices would have been to have the new display and fully licensed assets (the John William's score makes the game along with the actual video footage and callouts in the game - they are great - - this obviously is not free and something STERN has not always paid for in the past).
Also, IIRC, IM was one of the last games STERN had going when they almost closed their doors for good. I wouldn't be surprised if game pricing at the time dropped to try and move more volume, thus skewing any comparison for today. It's also plausible, in hind sight, that charging $4.2K back in the day didn't provide enough profit to stay in business. Either way, I'd rather see games being priced a little higher than to not have any new games at all.