I have recently taken apart and refurbished an Amiga 1000, Commodore 128, and a Commodore 1571.
I am baffled at why the Amiga 1000 was so much more expensive ($1295) than the Commodore 128+1571 combo ($700 often discounted further even at intro).
I know they had the Amiga 1000 manufactured in Japan instead of Hong Kong and yields on the Amiga chips were initially poor... but the IC count is higher on the Commodore 128+1571 combo and the number of custom chips is about the same (VIC-II, SID, VDC) and the VDC also had terrible yields. The C128 system even had three CPUs (if you count the one in the 1571).
The mother board of the A1000 is needlessly complex and the daughterboard for the Kickstart ROM completely unecessary (why not just give the thing a cartridge port and let people upgrade ROM that way?)
Memory wasn't even that expensive in 1985, the RAM price spike of the 80s was two years away.
On the other side of the equation, maybe it would have benefited from even higher premium pricing? A comparable IBM AT with a PGA or Orchid 4096 color card was at least 4x as expensive, and the Macintosh was 2x-3x as expensive and was B&W only.
So I am torn, I can't decide if Commodore should have been more thrifty in producing the A1000 and introducing it at $799 or if they should have doubled the price.
Edited by rpiguy9907, Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:00 AM.