As you can see above, the cost of hardware has not increased significantly. The 29mm phenolic airframe price did increase about 10%, but most other items selected for this informal survey simply responded to inflation. There is no doubt that many items are also more expensive because the cost of oil is drastically higher than it was at this time. However, I would expect increasing costs to be canceled out by the size of the hobby, significantly larger than it was in 2002. So the fact is, if one were to blame someone for this problem, it would have to be the government. That is not entirely shocking.
I have yet to check motor prices (but I do have an old Magnum Rockets motor list, also from 2002.) Have you noticed a price increase since starting in the hobby? And in what areas? Leave a comment below.