You should check out the prices of Seasonic/CM V series units then. By what you're saying, technically even VS, TX, etc. should cost equally ridiculous.
Same reason as why certain Antec units equivalent to their Seasonic OEM models cost 1k more atleast- where they're shipped. Yes! It does matter.
What i have heard from few of my contacts from SP road so far is, Most of the low end & mid range PSU's i.e [below 650w] are good sellers in Market. Profit shares with those PSU's are pretty less. This is also applicable with GPU & Cabinets.
Whereas, High End Modular PSU's from CM, Corsair, Seasonic & Antec are not so huge sellers due to their high cost & fetch a good profit if sold at right time.
I don't know, if anyone would have encountered this.
Most of times you visit a Local Computer Store & inquire about few components. They won't reveal the exact price upfront. They might call someone & ask about the current prices of those components & then add the profit into it before answering you so.
The people whom these guys call are the distributors or retailers, who sets the prices according to the demand. Now if you visit multiple stores, just to know the right prices or cheap deals. You might not find a huge price drop between different stores, as the distributor for those components are ONE & those few hundred - thousands differences are nothing but the profit level.
Guys, please make sure that you're getting the retail box with the processor-motherboard combo. There has been a report from Taiwan that OEM processors are being sold with motherboards. Not sure if its happening here, but being more careful isn't harmful to anyone.
Care to explain the issues with OEM Processors ?? How are they different from normal ones ??