Well, I have a word, broke! Heck, I bet you could buy them for that price and turn around and make money on ebay selling it. Saw another guy that said they were $929 at Trainworld? http://trainworld.com/ARISTOLIVESTEAM.htm
Signs of Aristocraft poor marketing and lack of changes necessary to make the "mark 2" significantly better and different from the original release. With the down turn of the economic those with "extra money" that does not need to go to the massive increase in the cost of basic living are going to have a field day with the hobby bargains.
I just got my PRR version from Royce on Friday. It is a great engine and I can not wait to run it at the Huckleberry steamup in Michigan next week. I was just talking to Royce on the phone and he let me know that he still has 3 Aristo Mikes left to sell. It is a great buy at the price. Mine will soon become a Pennsy L2 Mikado look alike.