I know how the 'economy' works. It's based on greed, and doing what you can to take out the competition. Customer 'value' is entirely subjective and subject to speculation which distorts the market. Price is fixed by the highest bidder who can buy in bulk. Price based on cost of production is precisely the opposite, and allows the customer to set a fair price, and opens up a much wider market and makes it more accessible. Knowing the cost of production allows us to set prices, not some ghost corporation that buys up inventory to inflate prices.
The games these people play use a different rule book than the one you're looking at. They collude, bribe. lobby, and even burn down their factories if the market becomes too saturated. All shortages are artificial, simply market manipulation.