One problem is that some retailers (A&A comes to mind) bought stock a year ago or more when we were sitting on 70/dollar. A&A has a full metal M16VN that I'm sure Mark has had on his site for well over a year. Maybe he paid $400 after shipping from HK for a gun - there's no reason he should be expected to take a 30% loss now that the dollar is up.
It Doesnt matter if he had the gun for over a year. He is oviously not selling it anytime soon with the price he has on it. If there was a retailer who sold airsoft guns for a price lower than the other retailers,they would get alot of buisness...trust me, my friends here want to get into airsoft BUT to them it is way to expensive and I wouldnt blame them.