That's besides the point. The er4s is a hell of a lot more worth $800-1000 than the ie800. And by 90's pricing what would that make the ie800 back then? ;) ;)
Even worse. :-P haha
Not to mention, you could argue that the er4s had to be more expensive when production was new and the company had to get it more well known, etc. Over time it makes sense that as it became more popular it would become more easy to mass produce, or at least produce more of them more easily as demand increased and parts could be ordered or made in larger quantities.
Even if the i800 follows the same path of production/cost, it will still probably never drop to be any less than twice the price of the er4s. And there lies the irony. I believe the er4s to be twice the earphone in almost every way. :-P I'll just say that there are no complaints from me. I'm happy to actually prefer the cheaper earphone. ;)
Edited by luisdent - 9/14/13 at 10:44pm