imj> I never disputed the price was high (really). The point is that it appears that CTL have (at certain points) put money in (presumably paid for by overcharging on things like the RPC and Kinetic).
After all the development of the initial Iyonix prototype *must* have been paid for by products that CTL were selling at the time (they did not pre-announce or collect advance deposits for the Iyonix). At the time *we* did not know *why* the RPC's cost so much or why Kinetic did.
Thing is with so few sales you need to charge each buyer more for *future* development. Thing is they're not just paying for current development - but probably other stuff we're not even aware of (yet).
Yes, I take you're point that Select has some very nice features that would be *nice* to have in RISC OS 5 - but I think you're being a tad unkind in describing it RO5 as "awful and crusty".
What happens if everyone believed those remarks and no-one bought Iyonix, would that somehow improve things ?