(no offense intended Mike - good-natured tone)' don't mean to take away the 'feeling,' but perhaps if you tried to make one yourself and then shared your experience and results, that might help us all appreciate the price. I certainly wish it cost less, but when I think about what goes into a product like that, how many people derive a living off of it's combined proceeds and the amount of time and specialized equipment involved...I can understand. Just as a mental exercise, let's assume you could make one in a regular work day. Now consider how much you make in wages or salary in a day + how much the materials would cost (nevermind proper equipment) and the time you would spend sourcing them, picking them up + the petro spent and/or + shipping and you start to get a slightly softer perspective on what goes into the things we use on a daily basis.
I really appreciate and enjoy all of the MYOG we get to see here from many members, but I also appreciate what goes into many of the products from our smaller and our larger gear producers as well. I certainly wouldn't be able to enjoy all of the gear that I do if I were making it all myself and even the most talented seamstress would be limited by their own ideas, or lack thereof. When I think of the trial and error process, the inherent frustrations, etc.. I have a lot of respect for all of the people who contribute to our 'closets.'
I'm building a house right now and I used to balk at the thought of paying others to do what I thought I could do just as well...but alas, it would take me 5 years to do the same thing that can be done in 6 months with collaboration.