A few points I want to address:
1) If a company spends 2 - 7 years designing, testing and refining a product, then is it fair to look at the cost in raw parts to produce a unit and claim that the gear is overpriced?
2) If the issue is dealer markup, then there are many online (direct to customer) brands emerging that skip that middle man... But do we really want HiFi to move to being only online ordering? To lose the ability to walk into a HiFi shop and try out new gear for hours?
3) I still fail to see how MF producing a $30K amp in anyway harms the lower end of the market... I've heard many persons complain that back in the day, the goal was to own the monitors and equipment used in the recording studio etc etc... whereas now getting SOTA is unattainable... But my problem with this criticism is A)You can own recording studio quality gear for a reasonable price - just check my signature - less than $2K for a Class A setup used in studios B) The persons complaining haven't shown that multipliers back in the day were less "ripoff" than the ones used now. It seems that companies are now willing to produce ridiculously expensive ultra-reference gear, and not that they are selling the same old stuff at hyper-inflated prices...
From what I see, now is a great time to be an audiophile, there is so much great gear available at any price range... From a simple ipod with an upgraded set of headphones all the way up to Ferrari priced speakers and amplification... You won't be able to get the bragging rights that your moderately expensive gear is the "best available" as you might have decades ago, but so what? Is this hobby about bragging rights or good music?