So fuck everyone who isn't in the low upper class and above "Have so much money I can burn multiple $1000's on $1000's for something that gets maybe a little less than 24hours of total use" income bracket, right? And don't give me the "Luxury good" bullshit, I'm not advocating actually genuinely 'affordable' fursuits (Hard, well under $1000 for a decent fullsuit) as it is genuinely a lot of work, and material to a certain degree, to make a fursuit.
But there's a world of difference between, say a gaming PC that you can use for a shit ton of other things that aren't strictly just gaming and you can get a lot of actual utility from because it's still a computer, and a costume that you get a few hours of use at a time from, typically at conventions or parties that only happen once in a blue moon. Unless we're the type to travel all over a given country or all over the world to use a costume constantly, in which case clearly money was no object for you to begin with. And on top of THAT, ignoring any current pandemic bullshit, guess how much a reasonably balanced high end gaming PC is? ~$1.5k-$2k.
Any rebuttal with "But living wage", I'm sorry to say but the range for reasonable price for what you're getting, and what you seem to deem in the range of "livable wage", simply do not line up. Like most art/craft based cottage industries, the massive influx of producers vs. the numbers of buyers that are capable of and willing to spend the money just doesn't line up. You don't see this because if you only look at the 'popular' makers where the 'tards are always wanting to buy from, you're going to see nothing but constant demand. For the rest of the market however, it's far closer to "I wish I could commission one, but they're so expensive." unless we're talking to someone where money is little object, or has shit handling of personal finances.