There's always been good values to find in Spyderco's lineup, I think.
I remember trying to decide between a Gayle Bradley 2 and a Starmate, both sturdy linerlocks in the 3.7" blade range. Bradley 2 started at something like $135 or $140, Starmate at $160 or $170. Throw in the M4 and CF laminate and I think it's easy to see which was the better value (and which is still in the lineup today...).
Same thing now, I was surprised to see the Para 2 at $140 and Military at $178 (been a few years since I've checked, was remembering $110/~$150), but on the other hand a Manix 2 and Manix XL are $114/$143. And I just lost a Delica 4 to the airport - I'm not paying $78 for a new one, but a lightweight Native 5 in S30V with the improved back lock is making a good replacement for $98.
If it's something that costs more than you like, but you just have to have it: pay up, or else walk away. That's your power as a consumer. I paid up for a blue M390 Para 2 from BBS on their first run, because I wanted it that badly. I walked away on the Bradley Junction as much as I like thin fixed blades because the price was just too much... until they got discontinued and started to go on sale.
Prices will increase with inflation as a whole, but Spyderco's got a big lineup. Find your value. Open up that wallet for what you can't go without, and walk on what just doesn't make sense.