I recall Carmina being the forum's darling back in 2012 when calfskin shoes were selling for $440 and Inca last for $490. Then the strong dollar and VAT discount knocked their price down to $300 - $350, which ushered in a bunch of new customers. Now that they are back in the same price range as four years ago, everyone is complaining about the price increase and that Carmina is no longer a good value proposition.
I completely understand if you prefer C&J at that price point or believe Vass is well worth the extra money. I also understand if you are simply not a Carmina fan due to quality control issues and the difficulty returning items. I just find it curious sometimes watching how the winds blow on this forum.