Quoted from venom112:
Price is way up with every release the price goes up. After the initial reveal you really need to step back and wait for code to develop. They create such a frenzy. Imo they are pricing a lot of people out of the hobby. You can’t tell me the BOM goes up with every game.
Of course the BOM doesn't go up every game. Stern just keeps upping the price. As long as their sales aren't suffering, they are gonna keep upping the price. The economy is good, pinball is as big as it has ever been in the last 20 years and people are dropping $8.5k on LE machines and $5,500 on standard games.
I custom build homes and when things are good and sales are strong, I keep upping my prices as well. It's simple supply and demand. Demand strong = prices go up. Why does everyone constantly question why they keep increasing prices? It's just so simple, they want to make as much freakin money as they possible can while times are good.