Yes, that is a core problem. MB chooses to maintain an elitist position, so their distribution control is particularly tight. They're not that good. It's tricky, tho, comparing a gray market price to a legit dealer price...altho that still means Pelikans can be had at 20-25% off MSRPs.
Push come to shove, and price aside...MB has an excessive air of pretentiousness; they're bought as status markers. Pelikans are writers.