I'm not sure what gave you the idea that I'm oblivious to marketing and economics... it's odd how people think they are able to infer so much about a person from reading a few of their online posts. I understand very well about those topics, better than you realize and better than most people I meet - but the suggestion that the price of equipment isn't related *at all* to quality is a bit far-fetched. Variances between products within a similar price range may not always account for the variances in quality, but studio monitors in the $200 range are not going to be as good as those in the $800 range.
That's not to suggest that people should turn their brains off and just buy whatever has the highest figure attached to it, but if something is incredibly cheap, there's probably a good reason for that, and the reason is not usually positive. Cases like the PS2 being initially underpriced aren't the rule, they're the exceptions. People shouldn't buy solely based on price, but they should always compare those items which appear to be "great deals" with the higher-priced items and see exactly what's lacking, if anything, and decide whether or not it may be important to them either now or in the future.
Anyway, I don't think it's necessary to start a whole sub-discussion on this, seeing as how this is certainly not something that repeats "throughout" the FAQ - I've mentioned this connection once or twice and each time qualified it with the necessity to actually do research and become educated on the issue. So let's please not argue in this thread and make it useless for the newbs - if you think something is inaccurate or misleading then please PM me with your complaint, and if you can make a reasonable case for it, I'll edit the thread accordingly.
My party schedule:
2009-02-21 - DJ Attention @ I'm So Popular
2009-06-18 - DJ Annoying @ People Need To Know Where I'll Be
2012-11-32 - DJ Insufferable ɸ Or At Least the Stalkers I Complain About
2048-06-66 - Spastic & Whocares ¶ Although I'm Actually Flattered
9999-45-81 - Tweaker Gimp ☼ I Probably Won't Even Go To This But I Have To Make Sure I Fill Up All The Available Space Here