Well there is some merit to that statement
For example, a $650 propper multicam softshell jacket is actually no higher quality than one of $200, and the jacket was probably made in vietname for less than $40
Sometimes prices are grossly inflated so to only end up in the hands of elitists.
Like alfa romeos or ferraris lol
However in the case of airsoft guns and most gear, you get what you pay for.
And if you believe an $80 piece of clone gear is the same quality as a $300 piece of real steel gear, then you're just not experienced enough to know the difference lol