Originally Posted by dJOS
Frankly I think you are not taking the 500 market seriously!!!!!!
The problem is that he is. By going for a configuration that has the basic features one need with a price most are willing to pay he will be able to cover a large portion of the a500 market. So he has the entire market in his mind, not those who want to max out their machines for the sake of it.
So if you want more memory, that will be an exception from the usual production and thus a subject to higher cost than the mass market version.
Just like you spec a low end car with every extra you can, it'll end out costing what a well equipped higher end base model cost. Exceptions include not only part cost, but labor cost.