You do realize that JB and Nike are the same corporation right? Those overpriced low quality Jordans will now randomly be getting price hikes whenever they're deemed "limited" (hyped) enough. Case in point, the Jordan III '88. And if you don't think that this trend will spread over into every other sneaker brand then I've got a beach house I'd like to sell you in Idaho. Adidas already did it with a couple of the Rose 3 and 3.5s. They've been slowly turning up the heat on the pot that is our wallets, and they're about to bring us to a boil.
I don't believe they are random hike ups. They know what they're doing which is why even with the turn of the economy they are still successful every year.