I don't think Frosty was in any way implying that at all - just stating a fact that the makers sometimes have no choice but to raise prices to cover their costs.
Meridianfrost - it really is like Frosty said "do you need one or just want one" - that is a business decision only you can make. If you are even remotely thinking you can improve your business with a press - then by all means you should step up and do it. Your right - not everyone has the cash on hand to invest but again that is a business decision that has to be made and only you can determine if it will fit your needs. Granted everyone would like a superb low price deal, but sometimes cheapest is not always best, as if you were to purchase a press right now - how fast could you make up the difference being you have the press and can do more work and or different work than before? - Again your choice, as your the only one who knows all your details of your clientele/wants or needs.
I got into a press not even for forge welding, and I've used it for more than you can imagine just because it was sitting there waiting to get used. Good Luck with your decision - if at least - keep doing the forge welding by hand (as so many do without a press) and keep saving up for a quality press of your choice.