Lasers can be useful when you can't make a proper sight picture. The laser system and mounting hardware has to be very robust to withstand the extreme shock of being coupled to a handgun. I have a CT laser guard but practice with my iron sights as well as other shooting styles. You can be sure that if your laser is set up properly you will be "on target".
Laser sights are a very niche market. They're not really very popular with the typical gun enthusiast. Since the manufacturers have to realize a profit on something that doesn't have that much demand, they must keep the margin/unit high.$180 for a laser pointer seems a bit extreme. Any thoughts of future price possibilities?