You're going into the MTO/MTM/Bespoke/#menswear game with the wrong mindset if money is above all else. I'm sorry, but to want something that is really high quality with a hint of personalisation and have it at a 'good price' is not going to happen (in most cases that is). It's a shame that the Australian ingrained thinking of getting a 'bargain' is still affecting the way in which we consume goods. If you're unable to afford a $650 MTM jacket then move on and find something else.
P.S. The fact that it is nearing Christmas doesn't mean that people all of a sudden have to be more charitable and nice to each other, at the risk of sounding like the Grinch.
I think your point is valid. However, in my experience, my entrance into bespoke and better MTM started with an assessment of pricing and its balance with quality of the garment. At least, that was my mentality when I dropped what I thought was a lot of money at WWC. Since then, my perception of price point now includes customer service among other things.
My point is that price still plays a part in someone's decision to go above RTW.
Also, true that the hols shouldn't influence how we interact on this forum - I prefer that we treat each other cordially throughout the year.