you are not going to find much sympathy here on kf since majority of the active posters here are the persons affiliated to one brand or another. and they act systematically.
for example, if you have some complains about kite brand product quality they usually try to first discredit you. they ask if you are beginner and did you have a proper training. and the two or three of them would start seemingly spontaneous friendly discussion about goodness of product in question perfectly highjacking the thread.
same story here. almost immediately affiliated posters start to act by throwing "credible numbers strait from the source" and "concerned ordinary kiters" immediately responded by accepting the fair (by their honest opinion) prices level. some years ago there were some "heartbreaking confessions" about how hard is to provide for the family of the average kite seller. well, save it to the IRS auditor!
i bought half of my kites for the less then the half of the initial RDP. of course not in the first six months after the release, but still. and i didn't buy any kite for more than 1000USD. you can not charge so much money for the essentially disposable product!
and i bought my kites from the shop not from the guy with kites in the trunk of his car.
guys who selling kites from the trunks of their car or from their garages are really preying on peoples passion. sounds like the world's oldest profession to me...