Some things (ex China) have gone up over 500% over the last couple of years. There's a lot less choice and the same item is offered by lots of sellers (or the same seller under different names maybe?). I get the sense that things are not normal recently.
I think it is the natural progression of retailing.
The west wouldn't buy chinese things so selling was done through western businesses.
Having now secured a market they have gradually undercut these businesses and got customers to buy direct.
Now there isn't any competition, as most of the goods come from China, they control the market and can control the price.
Amazon is much worse than Ebay in this regard. It heavily promotes chinese alternatives for much of that which you may look to buy.
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