For anything that is in short supply, there are always people out there who will try and capitilize on the rareness of the product. Remember Furbies? There were people in Mass trying (and succeeding I would think) to sell them for over $100 when they were popular. Of course now they are now worth $5 at most.
There were other items also: Remember Tickle Me Elmo? How about Cabbage Patch Kids?
Yes of course all these items were toys and parents who had to always give their kids exactly what they wanted drove the prices up, but the rareness is what drives prices up.
LOL! Agreed. Can you imagine paying $1400 for something that has about a 50% chance of being bugged (like many of the current units out there) and DishNetwork not honoring warranty since it was purchased from an independent seller? OMFG I would be so friggin' pissed I couldn't see straight!