I guess this can apply to Canon as well, and I know people are going to bring up inflation of currencies and other stuff. Lets take a serious look at this, Both Nikon and Canon have been seeing profits disappear and they keep raising prices on bodies, lenses, accessories, etc.
Maybe the free market is speaking. Raise your prices and we will stop buying with so many choices for camera's out there. Lets face it. Is there that much more R&D between an F6 ($2599) or a D4s($6499)? I don't think so, and apparently consumers don't think so either.
I don't remember what the F100 sold for new, but is a D300,D300s,D600,D610,D750,D800.D800e,D810 really worth the spread from $1499-$3399?
Look at the lenses also..... I forgot if it was Tonika, Tamaron or another manufacturer, but they are putting fluorite coatings on one of their new lenses and the price is still reasonable. Nikon added fluorite to the 400mm F/2.8 and it cost something like $3000-$5000 more than the version with out fluorite?
Sometimes I want to know what the people in high and mighty positions at these companies are thinking. It's too late when companies loose their footing and can't become profitable again.
Another example of this is the housing market in the US.... the banks created a bubble, the bubble got to big and eventually the bubble popped and took allot of people with it. There were some communities that held their value, but now that the large bubble is repairing itself, the other little bubbles in the rash are getting ready to pop in communities that were not affected to the same level as the worst hit areas.