Your correct, companies have been putting oveinflated prices on kites. All you hear about prices going up etc, is true but the difference in price is not meant to inflate the prices by 200 even 400 on some kites.
Check out kite companies like Griffin Kiteboarding.
Superb flying kites, super though construction quality, molded rubber bumpers, unequalled response and handling. I did a small low quality video just to show some basic materials Griffin offers, its amazing when you compare to most brands so called super tough construction and materials.
2009 Griffin 12m - COMPLETE with bar, lines(20m+5m extensions), bag, repair kit and pump. Plus a 1 year warrenty against materials and workmanship.
This is only possible because they ship direct to us dealers, saving money and valuable resources. Griffin has been doing so ever since they started back in 2002 in Australia. Its now where you can see how well it has worked.
You have to try them, they are kites that perform better than most kites out there. Kite companies have to look for way to save money and spend wisely to bring some saving to customers. If the only thing they do to keep up with the economy is inflate the prices, they have much to loose. There are challenges in this recession, I believe this impact will have good effects to manufacturers if they actually try to do something about it and change their ways.