As I best understand it:
Rac Monolites are manufactured in Japan.
They used to sell a set for about $3000.00 in US dollars a few years ago.
The value of the Yen (Japanese currency) has risen versus the dollar.
Everyone who used to import the Rac Monolites aren't now; they are waiting for the price to
go back down to the 3k range. This has been going on for quite a while.
I ended up paying 3k for used Rac Monolites, because new was not even an option.
I was glad to get them for that price; had I been able to get new, their price would have been much steeper.
Storm titanium 2005 Elise with carbon fiber spoiler, BWR sway bar, BOE toe links, gPan2, LidBone, sector 111 wheel studs, Grey RAC Monolite wheels with toyo R1R, Team Dynamics 1.4 with Hoosier A6/R6s, Katana2 Supercharger, ECU with 265 flash. PPE headers w/decat, CEL angle eliminator, Silent touch catback, Rear Panel Eliminator, HKS intake, V2 fuel tank, Walbro255 fuel pump. HID lights.