I actually do feel that it's a rip off. Previous mid range card I've purchased have alway been sub £200 and these are pushing £400. In those 7 years my wages haven't doubled.
my wages have nearly tripled in 7 years, but that's a different story.
The component price inflation has very little to do with wages. The world economy is fueled by debt - your wages did not go up but the amount of debt you can borrow has increased hugely