Shopping for a new refrigerator, my wife and I found that the one with the smaller dimensions we need (we have a very narrow kitchen) is nearly a thousand dollars more expensive than larger models. We ask why this is.
"Well," says the salesman, with quiet sympathy, "the companies always charge more for non-standard sizes."
"Yes," we say, "but the one we need is smaller." This means, unless my understanding of physics is quite off, that it requires less material to construct and that there is less room inside it, thus it is actually less useful.
"Doesn't matter," the salesmen replies. He's explained this before. "It's non-standard."
In thinking long and hard about this, I am left with two possibilities: 1) the companies mass produce standard size pieces from which they construct most of their refrigerators, thus using non-standard pieces (whether they are smaller or larger) actually costs them more. 2) Companies can call anything they want "non-standard" and charge more for it.
One choice is obviously more heinous than the other and, of course, there could be another reason I'm overlooking. In any case, practically speaking, we (and you and everyone) must pay more (way, way more) to get less.
This cannot possibly be the only instance of "non-standard" price difference discrepancies in all of manufacturing. I'm almost scared to find out.