thanks for your frankness =)
Yeah i am also surprised that they are still fetching a high price considering the trend. Also surprising that even models in japan are made in china too? with the gh1's the domestics were made in japan and the rest were from china. interesting.
Right now (July 5th, 2011) they're still high for some reason. Occasionally I see one go for ¥65,000 ($825) which with shipping, tax and fees to the USA would be more like $900 (if the reseller forgoes all profit). The typical average here for the GH2 (NIB Body Only) is ¥80,000 to ¥83,000 or about $1,000 in US monies. Again, more like $1,100 after all the shipping and fees or paid for.
I have no idea why they're maintaining such a high price. They're trashy little gadgets made in China with virtually no warrantee or support. If we consider/apply the price devolution of the GH1 then at this point the GH2s should be selling for ¥50,000 ~ ¥60,000 regularly. That's like $700 ~ $800 somewhere.