In 2018, the news cycle spent a lot of time on the over-pricing of the second iPhone X family, because it broke the $1K price range.
Somehow, the press and public think those days are over, but when I strolled into the local AT&T store, the top phone price was $1449, for a maxed-storage iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Apple keeps the narrative sub-1K by saying "From $xxx", [$999, $699, $599, $499].
Right now, several of us are looking for new handsets. Myself I'm looking for something inexpensive that I can use as a journeyman contract iOS tester.
After crossing off the usual places that are selling hardware that can't receive security updates (yuk), I found re-sold iPhone 6S for $189+