Each to their own
I feel at times there is some type of inverted snobbery with certain people who feel it is in some way wrong to buy new kit.
Itís a bit like only the foolish or rather naive people buy new gear while those who hold onto their gear for years or buy second hand are cool and sophisticated.
Each to their own.
Boards are lighter, stronger, stiffer and faster than ever before.
Not to mention more fun.
If the customer wanted them cheaper with the associated loss in performance then the manufactures would provide them.