No doubt. The inflation talk kills me...
I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again. Inflation has nothing to to with the pricing when it comes to re-releases, especially models with watered down tech and lesser quality materials.
For years on end retros were consistently the same price as their initial release. Retros are much cheaper to produce than a brand new design because the shoe is already designed, patents are already filed, molds are already made, the athletes are paid and there are zero advertising and pre-development costs.
Retros were traditionally a way of the company's paying respect to the oldheads that helped their company grow and a nice little way to give back by offering a 2nd chance to own certain nostalgic shoes.
Take the Jordan 3 for example $99 in 1988, $99 in 1994, $99 in 2001, $99 in 2003. As soon as Nike realized these things were starting to sell better and demand more from re-sellers than their new releases; they began the price hikes $135, $150, $160, $180, then finally double OG retail @ $200 for "88s" with N/A. I understand its a free market and at the end of the day they can charge whatever they want to, but the notion that these price hikes are a result of inflation is a fallacy.