Yeah, because rent, payroll, employees, insurance, postage/shipping, tools, dies, lathes, raw materials, computers, distributors, utilities, advertising, telephone/internet service, and a building are all taken care of just as soon as you design your first yo. Free of charge! Especially if you’re a “mom and pop” type company, as a lot of our favorite companies are! The government can’t get to you quick enough with a big fat check to cover all your business expenses every month. Right?
Not to mention one of the fundamental truths of production: the more you make, the cheaper it is. (This is certainly a double entendre when speaking of companies like AODA or Auldey.) How many yos do you think most of these companies actually sell? Seriously. And they’re not going to be producing more than they realistically expect to move.
Want it all to get cheaper? Support the companies you like, however you can, and bring new blood into the hobby. Can’t afford metal, then don’t buy it. Going to a company that couldn’t even legally exist inside most other developed countries to get it cheaper isn’t the answer. It’s actually the problem, to be blunt about it.