The solution is to NOT buy items at these prices. and if other people out there ARE paying these prices, then TECHNICALLY that IS what they are worth.
Picasso's artwork is paint on canvas like any other painting, but if someone is willing to pay X Thousand dollars for paint smeared on canvas by Picasso rather than paint smeared on canvas by Joe Peterson, then by definition Picasso's paint smears are worth more than Joe Peterson's. Even if Joe and Picasso used the same bottles of paint and paintbrushes and took turns while painting their art. Picasso is Picasso. And by today's standards Atari is Atari. Some fool will pay the price just because they want it.
*EDIT* not to sound insulting to art lovers or anything, but my point (which i seemed to miss) is I AM one of those fools. Sure I know X dollars for item Y was too much, but I wanted it, it was the only one available at the time, and and the price was X so it was pay it or go home empty handed. If I didn't buy it someone else would have and I wouldn't have Super Thunder Blade to play at my whim right now.
Plus as I mentioned before, try to think of the dollar being X hours work. Sure it seems as though the price of everything has doubled in the last 10 years, but so have minimum wages... it still takes X hours to work to get what I want.
I remember when a new CD was 12-14 bucks, and I could get into a movie for 8-10. Minimum wage was $5/Hour back then. Now I bitch that a CD is 20+bucks and movies are near 20, but then I stop and think, well minimum wage is $10/hour now so... things haven't really changed, the numbers just got bigger...
Edited by Torr, Mon May 7, 2012 1:11 AM.