yes on the 380s and 9mm they are close to pricing themselves out of the market. I am pretty sure thats why they developed the new 9mm. More features... particularly the threaded barrel.Yeah, Bersas may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they're not Zamak guns. I have an old Bersa 383A (predecessor of the Thunder 380), and it's still a great shooter. Definitely not made of pot metal.
I do own one Zamak gun. It's a Jennings J-22 that I bought way back in 1985. Believe it or not, it runs well after some slight extractor modification, and I've grown sort of attached to the little thing. It's cute, which is at least one advantage that it has over a Hi-Point.
With some smart shopping, even a quality new gun can often be found at prices that come very close to that of a new Hi-Point. A month or 2 ago, CDNN was selling Walther Creeds for $299. I need another 9mm like I need a hole in the head, but even I was tempted at that price.
Its best to buy hipoints used. They are best in the $100 and below range. Then they are quite the bargain. Creeds at $300 is a good price but twice that of a new C9. all the Taurus G2Cs at $200 really put a dent in Hipoints sales on the C9. Hence the new YC9 which will probably sell huge numbers when it finally gets released. I am not impressed with there double stack bottleneck plastic magazine though. That is a cluster of problems waiting to happen.
Hipoints would do a lot better if they just built there guns useing exhisting magazines. Popular mod on the 45s is to convert for 1911 magazine use. They should have designed that new C9 to run on something like Hipower mags if they wanted to go double stack shot mags.
Bersa Thunder 9 is one of the truely underated guns in the firearms industry. They are a nice walther P88 inspired pistol except they are durable and dont crack frames.