I get were he is coming from, to bad most of you can't, nor can you seem to carry on a constructive conversation about the pricing. You all resort to ignoring what is said and post the same "it's art" mantra all the while insulting anyone who questions the individual value of these skins. Maybe you all are the ones that need to go see a therapist.. It's pretty clear we are dealing with a bunch of Apple like elitist types here which means they are unreachable. Guess what boys, your shit sticks just like all everyone else..
might as well give up on trying to have an adult conversation about it Raymond as it will never happen.. I get your frustration.
Stardock and Wincustomize.com [and the skinners, Masters included] WELCOME "adult conversations". In fact not only do we encourage them...we REQUIRE them.
What we do have in this thread, however, are decidedly IMMATURE [not just naive] comments and contributors who have paid the price of failing to comply with Stardock's T.O.U. and are thus no longer welcome.
Getting back to basics.... yes...mass market price-points can see low prices for volume. Japan proved that, and subsequently Taiwan and next China. People like Harley Davidson in the US had to appeal to the US Govt for protection for low-priced mass-volume imports..... proves there is more than one side to 'volume pricing'.
Skins, like it or not are an art-form. Something 'created' by man whose intrinsic value is GREATER than the material used in its manufacture, just like a painting.
They are also a commodity that has the potential to be sold, that like all other commodities actually does have overheads.
Saying something is NOT worth the price asked for it is simply the consumers' "freedom of choice". No amount of argument/complaint or even facile abuse is going to affect the situation. I personally think anything made by Apple is over-priced crap compared to the alternatives. That's my opinion...and my choice...so I do not buy Apple products.
That's my exertion of my influence on the status quo of current commercialism.
It hasn't and never will affect/upset Apple...not one bit.
Are the Master skins too expensive? Yes, they are...for some people. Others are willing to pay for them as they appreciate the effort involved and/or intrinsic quality... or they simply want to give something back to those in this community who do more than just bitch-and-moan because it's kewl to bitch-and-moan.
Currently Stardock considers the Master Skin pricing to be about right. If there were a 'magic switch' that could be flipped to make both the skinners and Stardock a shit-load of dosh and we could all retire to the French Riviera I'm pretty sure it would have been flipped long ago...