I have two examples for you. 8800 Ultra. Released 13 years ago. With inflation it would cost over $1000 today.Think about something genius: if the top end gpu is freaking expensive, the rest of the lower end ALSO ARE. So it is actually fine for people to be sad about THIS one gpu being as expensive as it is. If the top end was for example 600 dollars i could get for 250 something sooo much better than now that the top end is $1500.
Also: Titan Z. 6 years ago. Cost $3000 without accounting for inflation.
There have always been expensive cards at the very top. It's not a recent trend.