I do agree that the prices are pretty steep. It doesn't really break my heart because my steed is basically only used as one way to get to places quickly that I cannot reach with hunter ports and swift travel. They're useless in a city due to the controls which is the best place to show them off. Other than the warbands that no one runs anymore, mounted combat isn't a valuable addition to the game at all.
So, while the prices are high, it's like over pricing the paint on a car you drive once a year. It's not the end of the world.
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