As the web site explains, "We do not have nearly the overhead or travel expenses as street/faire vendors. In addition many times they are the craftsman and need to recoup their labor costs. They are to be respected and they most likely have a fair price for the time they have invested. We sell in volumes and have them made overseas so the cost is simply lower for the consumer. We sell a great price/value product that is affordable to the general public. If you are looking for a $300-$600 boot, please do not shop here."