I don't really find grip prices to be that high. I mean, even at the high end of $10 each, you're talking $140 to do a full set. If you can't afford to do that once a year golf is probably not the sport for you...it's never going to be a cheap game to play. Compared to the way people buy golf clubs around here, dropping a little on grips seems like nothing. And those are for some very expensive grips. I like the VDRs myself, so at $6.5 each we're only talking $84 or so, not including a putter grip. I put a full set of mid-size VDRs on my irons last year and they are still in great shape...don't think I'll need to replace them this year. My woods use Winn Lite midsize and those are showing some wear so those will likely get replaced before the season starts.
I play 50 to 60 rounds during the summer season. Affording the grips is not the problem. It's the fact I feel they are trying to take advantage of the consumer. The cost of making a grip has to be less than a dollar. I had a chance to visit a company that makes grips. they can churn out 8 grips in 15 seconds. There is not that much material or labor cost in a grip to justify how much they are charging.
No offense, but so what if it is? If they can sell a grip to a retailer for $5 and it only cost them a $1 to make, good for them. If the retailer takes a grip that costs them $5 and sells it for $8, then good for them as well. I'm not sure how the consumer is being taken advantage of if they are willing to pay what the market price is for grips. It's like that with everything, not just golf equipment. I've never understood why people want companies to make a profit, but not too much of one. It doesn't make any sense.