I'm amazed at how heated this discussion has got! It is obvious that there are two quite distinct communities out there - those professionals who use their cameras hard, rely on excellent results, and can justify a few hundred dollars or pounds on top of the price for the savings in time and quality they will get - that's fine, it makes sense. And then there are folks like me, who save their pennies, and enjoy their photography, and are somewhat annoyed by the price, when we had expected it to be lower. That's fine too. Room for both opinions.
But don't you think Canon *know* this split? And take advantage of it? What's the best way, apart from having multiple camera lines (which they do to excess at times)? Well, easy - introduce a new camera at a price much higher than you think the larger market will stand. All the 'price is no issue' crew pile in with pre-orders, and when the demand drops off, you drop the price to soak up the remainder and keep the factories busy, based on initial demand levels and unsold stock. Easy. And ruthless. But did you really expect anything different from a large company? Banks don't have a monopoly on greed, you know.
Have a look at this graph, showing 7D introduction price trends, from CamelCamelCamel: