Bike X in 1991 $1099, bike X in 2010 $1099. Both suggested retail prices and not inflation corrected.
Bike with a similar setup to '91 bike X in 2010 $759.
So you could either ride the curve and get a much better bike for the same price or you could ride the backslope of the curve and save money while getting equal performance.
Human nature isn't setup to say "Whoa, I can get the same for less", the average person is going to to the other way, "Hey I can get better for only a little more".
Airsoft, where nothing is hurt but feelings.