If you're paying more'n $600 for a new set of high end planks then you are getting shook, took, and rooked.
Shop around for last year's models or wait until after January when most shops start slashing prices.
2 seasons ago I purchased 3 pairs of new, high end planks and never paid more than $500 (plus tax) for any of them.
If you're paying full price I really don't have much sympathy for you.
also, it continues to amaze me how much people gripe about the expense of the sport. Hello!... skiing is an expensive sport. You either deal with it or find another, cheaper sport. It's pretty plain and simple. It ain't gonna get any cheaper. I gave up booze and comic books so I could afford to ski. And I shop around for deals on skis and boots and other necessary equipment. Also it amazes me the amount of folks who feel the necessity to buy new gear and clothes every year. I may not be fashionable (actually I am in a sick and twisted and totally cool retro way), but my 3 season old Volcom pants still do the job. And until somebody swiped 'em, I was rockin' 20 year old Kerma rental poles. They did just as well as somebody's $200 carbon ditties.
Anyway, shop around, be thrifty, and deal with the $$ (again, if you're thinking about paying $1500 for skis, then that's on you, baby).