Tend to agree with regard to material costs. The pricing does encroach into areas where interesting nibs can be had with other brands, and that makes choosing more difficult. Not saying it's a high price, just that it is at a competitive level with other stuff. And I can get a pen with a solid gold nib for the same price, adding to the confusion of choices.
But a very standard looking cigar shaped pen
Just quoting you for the above line, not meant to be picking on you BTW.
To the above two posters, with F-C you get their unique designs, price wise they are comparable to Edisson (not got one of their pens yet, but will), who's pens are all very generic aside from the acrylic - I believe both companies source their stock from Jonathan Brooks. Many of the F-C pens are different from other pens in their design, so you're also paying for some thing original in looks as well.
Additionally don't forget it's also scale of numbers. You can buy a gold nibbed Platinum 3776 Century for less than a F-C or Eidsson with a steel nib, but then they make tens of thousands of those every year (even their limited editions they sell out of and those have 3776 each) and that brings the price of the materials they use down considerably.