You know many surplus stuff is so cheap, then eventually increase in cost, but not tactical gear! Most of tactical gear is not going through drmo as because they are not generally issue item. Usually sold by individual soldiers who worn them. Most of surplus stores bought gear off them then asking for heavy price. I realized that there's so many tactical gear whores (no pun intended) with deep pockets out there who is more than willing to pay $800 for the Special Forces Direct-Action Trauma body armor WITHOUT pouches, soft inserts, and hard plates. I saw one SF worn MICH/ACH helmet with a punisher paint job that is going for $400+ with few more days left. DOAV vests went for $100+. Any rare tactical gear is commanding for higher money. I imagine soldiers were very happy to see there's some nutcase who would pay that much.
The odd thing about tactical whores (Again, no pun intended).... They seem never show up in here, USMF, or few other militaria forum. Look at www.militarymorons.com and www.specwargear.com they are two of greatest source for modern tactical gear. Have those tactical gear collectors created their own class?