One thing I can say about modern bikes is that they are ugly and between brands pretty much the same looking- take the nineties with the nutty pain jobs, bright even shocking colour schemes and compare then to what the predominant colour of ATB is now, modern bikes just look too work man like and drab.
But there is something else, it is even seen in second hand prices, the UK appears to be more expensive than the US ? Perhaps much of that has to do with el presidente keeping the cost of gas at the pumps unbelievably cheap, (hence one of the reasons the US is militarily aggressive), but because we are used to paying more perhaps business ethos is charge high because though we might grumble, we always pay top dollar and so we have 'rip off Britain' in most things.
Well I don't know about second-hand bike prices in the US in comparison to the UK, but second-hand cars in the US seem significantly more expensive than in the UK. Whether that's changed much in very recent times, I'm unsure, but up 'til fairly recently, stood as being true.