I don't think GEC's on whole are really expensive; I think they're priced more than fairly for the quality you get (maybe even a bargain in some instances). I'm sure GEC has methods to manage its costs (using established patterns for new releases, maintaining a low inventory of scale options). Believe me, we WANT to keep buying their knives...that's why some here are lobbying for re-release of popular patterns. It's not very difficult to see from existing inventories which releases have been homeruns and which ones have been duds. I applaud GEC's initiative to try new things, and I imagine limiting each release to a low quantity is another way the company manages its finances (who wants crank out 500 knives of pattern 'X' just to be different when no one buys them?). I guess the debate concerning exclusivity depends which side of the river you're standing on. I'd rather see the exclusivity based on scale options rather than pattern availability. In any event, I'm hoping GEC is around for a long time...and I think some of that success will come from the input of concerned members here!