No one more touchy than vinyl people it seems.
Cheap. Think you'll find that most vinyl fans also embrace the digital and are happy that both mediums bring something to the table. There is room for both but your inference that the TT technology is dead and therefore a waste of time is just plain waffle. I personally wouldnt use Lyngdorf as a doorstop but each to their own i suppose.
HiFi retailers need to carry lots of expensive slow moving kit. Mark ups need to be high.Of course you're correct, cost of manufacture is not retail price, approx £3k in vat for a start in this case. I have also heard about the margins you suggest. But this also confirms my point... Cost of manufacture is only one part of retail price... and a surprisingly small part at this level.