I have to disagree with you. Goddess. I find that appliances are way less costly these days than they were when I grew up...
Then my problem must be buying higher-end products now than I did "back then". : I guess I figure my appliances need to increase in quality and function just as my cooking skills have grown over the years. I suppose it's my little way of rewarding myself for cooking "fancy". Or, at least, cooking.
"Cooking is the art of adjustment". ~~~Jacques Pépin