i rather got the impression that you were suggesting that it would be fine and dandy if folks wanted to wear a swoosh on the teeshirt but that paying $40 to wear the swoosh when it costs $5 to produce the swoosh and that it could be sold at $15 for a reasonable profit is b.s. that $25 is money that might be more productively spent. instead, it goes directly into the coffers of those who pocket the profits who don't necessarily reinvest that money in productive ways. the point is that the swoosh has to cost that much to obtain, for otherwise it wouldn't be as valuable.
and i don't get the stereo analogy max. is there some clear cut indication that a $2 grand stereo makes for better quality listening? people aren't spending that much to get better sound, they're spending it to get a whole bunch of other desires met or because they are stupid and thing price = quality.