Well from what I’ve heard that original box set cost more to make then was sensible and was one of the products losing TSR money and bleeding them dry. So I’m not sure it’s an appropriate comparison.They don't seem to be taking it that seriously. Their solution so far is to charge dramatically more for significantly less. Not the best strategy in the world.
Again, then by definition things you got years ago have more value than any new thing likely ever will.
Exactly. The entire 2E Spelljammer collection on drivethrurpg comes to about $125. The total page count is about 2,054. Or about 16.4 pages per dollar. The 5E adaptation of Spelljammer is 192 pages total for $70. Or about 0.36 pages per dollar. And considering the layout and design choices of 5E compared to 2E, you're also getting a lot more content per page in the old stuff than you are with the new stuff. Slightly less than 2x the money for way more than 10x the content.
The original Spelljammer box came out in 1989, cost $18, and ran 192 pages. Dropping that into an inflation calculator gives me $42.43. Which is well under the new price tag. It's about a 165% increase. So you're paying more for the same number of pages...but those pages have drastically less content.
Ope I was beat to the post.