Hey Jerry, I don't mean to start a war here, there are plenty of others available ....
I have been turning this over again and again. I can see both sides of Apples strategy. But I do feel a bit "gouged" sometimes.
In 1998, I bought a Mamiya 7II body. In the USA it was $3,000. In the UK, from an authorized dealer, with 2 day shipping to the US, it was $1,500 US.
But, but, but ... no US warranty! OK, so I'll buy 2, and have a spare **if** one needs to go to Canada (40 miles for me) for repair .....
Great equipment, my favorite camera ever. But sometimes you get that feeling that the cost/benefit is a bit skewed.