My daily carry is a Strider SnG that MSRPs at about $400 and a Glock that I got for $475.
My favorite knife of all time is my Benchmade 5000 Auto-Presidio. While in Iraq, the coil spring snapped on me after 2 or so years of use. Not having any other option, I opened it up (with my Benchmade brand too kit) and removed the offending spring and had a very stout gravity knife. Now, as some of you may know, this VOIDS the Benchmade warranty, because I fu**ed with it, not to mention that a spring is basically an expendable part, and should be expected to break eventually. When I returned home and repair became an option I e mailed Benchmade and asked them if they could fix it and how much it would cost me. They sent me box with pre-paid shipping, repaired it free of charge, took a few nicks out of the edge and had it back to me in under 2 weeks. Sadly I cannot carry it anymore in PA (but I can own it).
With that move, Benchmade made me a loyal customer for life, and I take every opportunity to give them a thumbs up for great service and backing the armed forces.
It's just something to keep in mind, when you spend a little more on an "overpriced" Benchmade the "extra" money they make can go into making things like my story above possible.
I am a loyal Strider customer for similar reasons, though I have never broken one myself.