You are a wise man Mr Bora.I would say it is no different than selling a turnip versus selling an organic free-range rutabaga. The price is set by what your Market is willing to pay.
It is definitely a supply problem and I don't see it improving any time soon. The pedigrees of the best field Golden litters are comparable to below average Labrador litters.
If the quality of field Golden litters improves, and I hope it does, the demand and price will increase even more. There are a lot of closet Golden lovers that run Labs because they want to finish a trial now and then.
I dont see it as a supply problem. I have seen MANY Goldens come through my place simply because the kid that leases my kennels has a Golden so Gloden owners flock to him. I actually see this as a curse for the Golden Retriever. I have seen Goldens go for $3500 with no more than a JH title on one side. Many of these breeders just breed and breed just for the money with very little concern about abilities and 90% of them are not much as a working retriever. These breeders will pay good money to have these dog trained just for the JH title to try and justify the price they charge and then go no further. One such dog was at my place for over a year to try to achieve a SH title and that never happened. I would rather own a show bred Golden than a field bred one. One such breeder doesnt even keep her dogs at home. They are fostered out to other homes until the go into heat . Then they are taken away to be bred then sent back to their foster home after the pups are weened. Owner of the dog does nothing to feed, house and care for the dogs. Just rakes in the money for the puppies. Another one of these owners got raided by animal control for animal cruelty. They confiscated somewhere around 83 dogs from them.