WOW ... this thread has deviated quite a bit since the last time I checked it (about post 4).
I see both sides of the, but would have to agree with what I believe the majority is saying. I'm a part supplier, but am well known (and griped at) by those that know me, when it comes to charging for my time. When I designed the FettLights, I asked other engineers I knew what THEY would charge. The suggestions I had ranged from $200 - 300, based on typical mark-ups for time, investment, skill, etc. I came back to TDH, and had a few people say they'd be willing to pay it. When it all came down to it, I was more than happy charging $100, because I knew more people could afford it, and now there are alot of people proudly displaying my work on their suits. At the time, there were few options for chest lights. Could I have charged more, sure (based on supply/demand). But could I have charged less? Sure again ... I just wouldn't have, because my time/skill IS worth something.
With that said, I know people who repair electronics and charge $40+ PER HOUR. Personally, I can't see charging that myself, but wouldn't fault someone who does. If that's what his time is worth, great. If no one pays that, will he be out of business? Not likely. I've had customers damage circuits made by me (they acknowledged the fact that it was their fault, not a defect). What did I do? I repaired the circuits for free, or for the cost of parts, depending on the extent of damage. One of these repairs took me a couple of hours due to the extent of the damage, but I didn't charge for my time. Point? The guy that paid what I asked (which I didn't think was too much) put his faith not only in my work, but in my services. Because of this, I've done free repair jobs,as well as being approached about fixing the work of others.
Personally, I believe that if you can do something yourself, go for it. If you can't, and can afford it, pay someone to help you out. But if you can't afford someone's work AND don't have the skill to do it yourself, you shouldn't insult them ... people charge what THEY feel they deserve for the work. They have a skill/talent/part that others don't. And if people are paying for the services/product, then there are others who agree.
Thanks for letting me be long-winded.
EDIT: Just wanted to say thanks for posting the prices as requested in the original post. I have a painted "Mystery" helmet that I hope to keep, but may *have* to sell ... and had NO idea what they were running for these days.