Why Do General Aviation Aircraft Cost So Much? [duplicate]

Purchase price. Not total cost of ownership.

This Aviation Question inspired mine.

Cessna is holding the line on pricing, but the new models still aren’t cheap. The 180 hp 172S, referred to by Cessna as the 172-SP goes for \$307,500 the 160 hp 172R sells for \$274,900.

Many years ago I heard this generalization: "half the cost of an airplane is litigation." And sure, I understand you should not replace a control surface cable with one from Home Depot. But still, these prices are breathtaking.