I really didn't know what to say to this, other than to agree. I think the world economy in general is a minefield of specialized inflation and economic inflation in general. Anything plastic tends to ride the oil/petroleum roller coaster and I can only image Minimates will fall victim. I have often been turned off by the rising costs passed on to consumers. I get more and more picky about what I buy and gave up being a total completionist, long ago. No TRU, no Walgreens, no LCS, and almost no comic conventions, so I rarely even see them in the wild anymore.
Packaging can be entertaining, but I am a mostly loose collector, so they may as well be in brown bags, as far as I am concerned.