Also, private companies do have to fund their pension obligations. That's why so many are trying to get out from under that and discontinue them. Kodak being a prime example.
As consumers we are fortunate to still have choices. It seems to me that many LF and ULF photographers are willing ready and able to shift gears from what they really want to what they can get at the right price point. It was not always that way.
From the Nov/Dec 1990 View Camera Magazine page 19. Super XX in 8x20 was advertised as available in 10 sheet boxes for $123/box with a 45 box minimum. That is $12.30 per sheet 22 years ago.
All I know is that without sheet film my LF and ULF cameras are nothing more than expensive room decor that I could do without. I have absolutely no control over who and how sheet film is priced so I can't worry about it.
We could use rollfilm backs on them.
Of course, while I'd miss the ground glass and movements, in that case I'd be more likely to just buy a nice RB67 and some lenses and be done with it. Sometimes (don't tell anyone) I'm tempted to do that anyway, most often when I find dust in a sheet film sky.
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kodak has been increasing their prices by 15% for a long long time.
i remember having a conversation with someone i worked for in the 1980s
and she said at least once a year their prices go up ( and that was 30 years ago )
2001, i bought tmy sheets, 100 sheet 4x5 boxes, they were 65$
2010, i bought tmy sheets, 50 sheet 4x5 boxes, .. 75$ea
its getting to be less expensive to make dry plates
As we are obliged to steer clear of political discussion, I can only suggest that perhaps there are a variety of forces at play.