Well, the 3600 was the cheapest part labelled Ryzen at the time.One thing you're still forgetting is that the 3600 isn't an entry level part, there's a reason athlon and ryzen 3 still exist, just wait a little longer for the zen 2 utilizing athlon and ryzen 3 chips and they will probably be sub 150, let alone the athlon which could go in at around 70, the current entry level chip from amd is the Athlon 3000G, a pretty capable processor for 60 bucks, get your facts straight and realize the true starting point of amd's lineup of cpu's. They aren't milking you, they are innovating, which costs a lot more than just finding ways to reuse an old design. The reason people say that intel was milking people is because they charged ever increasing prices for ever slower increasing performance, AMD's price increases lately have always come with a huge improvement in performance and efficiency and their lower tdp products have capable enough fans included, unlike the stock intel fans that fail to prevent your cpu from melting. The high end threadripper is more powerful than anything on the market, they can control the prices and at the moment they're going to have to, especially if intel really is going to be releasing a new architecture along with NVidia's next generation of gpus. I'm not saying that AMD isn't like any other corporation, but as a dual manufacturer of CPU's and GPU's, they've got a hell of a lot more on their hands than the likes of Intel and NVidia, and yet they've made performance gains that we haven't seen from the other two for a while, and that's with a much smaller workforce and less money to throw around.
Either way, AMD have hugely increased the price of consumer level chips to near that of HEDT parts. They get away with it because these chips perform very well. But that doesn’t change the fact that the average user is forking out more cash for their systems.
It’s a strong example of a company making as much money as they possibly can. Or as some *****s on here say - “milking”. A good company makes as much money as possible, a concept that many here seem to fail to grasp. This is why the forums make me laugh. Intel and AMD are just as bad as each other, both are gigantic American corporations, neither care about you. Both just want your money.
Hats off to AMD, they are charging $750 for their top end consumer part and clearly people are very happy with this price - even if it’s a clear 50% higher than the price of any other consumer orientated chip we have seen recently. Back when Intel were “milking” their user base a top end consumer part was around 1/3 of that of the top end Ryzen today.