i know exactly how you feel. i got an empeg well over a year ago, when they were still like $1200. i looked at it logically though. i spend alot of time in the car by myself driving between jobs. the empeg fit my needs perfectly (and continues to do so), and made my time in the car much more enjoyable.
at the same time, i was going to say that i work hard as well, but the situation you describe has nothing to do with hard work. it comes down to the fact that i am blessed to live in a country that offers the oppurtinities for things like this.
so yes, i ko know how you feel.