Im sorry man but this scandal goes really deep
Even to the head
I'm pretty sure the price on them is somewhat inflated due to the relative novelty of hybrids and the popularity of the Prius in particular. They were also primarily targeted at people that care more about their environmental impact, which I think tends to overlap a lot with people that have disposable income. Haven't looked at them in a few years though (when my fiancee bought her last car), so they may have become more reasonable, especially with some competition from Chevy and Nissan coming.
To go off topic and talk about leather jackets (random, I know), I've just recently joined SF and have been devouring pics of TOJ's work. It's quite awesome how personal and hands-on you guys are, if you'll forgive the pun.
That VTG collared moto looks ungodly sick, and is exactly the sort of leather I'm looking for. I kindof have a thing for clothes that improve with age. I'll be watching patiently for its availability, and probably saving up in hopes that my fiancee won't make me feel like I'm a complete idiot with finances.