One thing about we compulsive knife buyers, we're walking compendiums...no, that would be "compendia", wouldn't it? Yes: it's a third declension, gender neuter noun--ha! and my parents said I was wasting my time and their money taking Latin in college.
Anyway, people who like knives know the prices very well of the ones they're interested in, so you can neither expect them to pay when something is over-priced, nor expect merchandise to stay in stock when it's even just a bit cheaper than usual, if it's in demand. I see this phenomenon when I sell a knife privately on our local classifieds website, and I've been esp fascinated observing the dynamic play out with some Microtech OTFs for sale at a number of shops. Instead of the usual all aluminum bodies, these Ultratechs' bodies are half G10. They call it an "upgrade" because the G10 is a bit lighter and theoretically gives more grip, but obviously G10 isnt as sturdy, and my first thought when I saw them was "why would I want any OTF with a weakened construction?" My second thought was, "oh hell no, I'm never buying one of these", because they are priced at about $350, or $75 more than an otherwise identical Ultratech w/o the G10. And so they sit, as they have sat, unsold for a year in some places. People didn't even buy them when every other Microtech OTF was sold out--they just feel too over-priced. Microtech doesn't ever reduce prices though, so I'm interested to see how this Mexican stand-off ends up.
I double-checked my email, just to make sure I wasn't misremembering, and I was not--got an email from Steel Addiction in late October specifically noting a few Rowdies for $350. I wonder if that was a particularly plain batch, or if SA just figured they might as well kick the price up a bit to be in line with other sellers?