I found out why the Skipper's hat is affordable in other countries and insane in USA. It's the exchange rate. Over here it is different than elsewhere. Before I had mine the Affordable Bluenox version, mom always said "Bobby mommy will sell our house to buy you the expensive one than we can live in the street!" She would say that about the $249 Benford Yacht Hat, $350 Baron Hats and $350 American Patrol Cap & Canvas Co.(A. P. Co./American Patrol Co.) I always told her "No thanks! A home is more important than that hat!" Mine was $78.29 and came from the Sialkot Pakistan.
I found an article at screenrant.com that says the Clampetts started out with $25m in 1962, but by the time the show ended, that figure had reached $100m.
They always say that the easiest way to make a small fortune is to start with a large one!