This all boils down here to a few simple facts. We no longer want to pay the price to stay involved in this hobby.
Thats fine - Ive stopped doing a lot of things i enjoyed doing in my life. I however did that with a teeny tiny bit of dignity...
Those of us living outside the US and Europe don't want to begin paying outrageous prices where elsewhere in the world people pay much less.
For me - this is the most ridiculous statement - things cost different amounts in different places. I dont want to pay 33% more for Itunes than americans do - but I do. I dont want to pay 50% more for my car than someone from poland does - but I do.
Just want to bring up that expense is relative of course since I've seen that argument thrown around a couple of times that this is actually a cheap hobby. When my other hobbies include checking out books from the library, going to my university's rec center, and running, I think I can safely say that I'm paying more for 40k than anything else.
The perhaps this is hobby you cant afford?
I would LOVE to do go-carting or some form of motor racing. A guy I work with runs his subaru imprettza (spelling!) at lots of events on an amature basis. He spends an utter fortune on it. I cant afford to do it, I have a wife and baby to house, feed and clothe. Hobbies are expensive, if you cant afford to do it, then sorry, its tough. We all have to make choices in life - Im not here to tell you that you must play the game and that you must buy models from GW - but Im also going to sit here and listen to people moan on and on that the hobbie is too expensive - it is exactly what it is, if its too expensive for you, then im sorry, it really sucks, wish that wasnt the case, but thats life.
If one day this becomes too expensive for me (basically if my wife ever wins the arguement about us having a second child...) then I will, with a heavy heart, put aside new model purchases, carry on painting and playing with what I already have, and wait for the day when I actually get a decent pay rise (pigs have flown faster...)