The early computers were a sign that technology had begun to sink in peoples lives, and the developers had to be paid for their exquisite services. Seeing the first computer work well and effectively as a result of their hard work and research for a long period of time, was an accomplishment, and they deserved the awards. Of course, all the earnings did not just go to them but also to the committed men and women who joined the industry to work tirelessly. They had to, so they could manage to provide enough supplies to their country and export some to try and regain their income back and gain market for their skills. All these were expenses and in those days technological companies were still young meaning they would not afford to incur huge losses. The computers were sold at a price that would bring back the capital to keep the business running and some profit which would sort out expenses.
For the project to be a success, there were many resources that were catered for, and not many new and believed in technology. This reduced the ability to have willing donors, sponsors and even investors, which is totally acceptable as no person would support a vision they do not see. People only give out their money and resources to support something that they have managed to visualize like the owner. They have to understand if it is a trial or a long-term programme that could bring forth profits, so they can make their decision. Without them, the company had to make sure it squeezes their budget to be enough for adequate resources, maybe they had to loan some necessities a long the way. These could have made the company increase the cost of the computers as they needed much income to pay for the loans and resources, not to forget labour.
If the tax per computer was high then they would have had to overprice them, so they could get a good cut for their products. Equipments and materials used to make a standard quality computer can be quite expensive even today, in those days they could have cost a fortune. They were expensive and had to be bought in huge amounts, and for the several times that they failed and were using real resources and equipments. All those necessities had to be bought and met until the day that they succeed on making a functional computer, a risk worth taking. The whole money that was lost has to be recovered by the company to stabilize everything in business. Remember, the company is not only there to produce high quality products for their client, but also make some profit.
People who were willing to buy computers those days were few, and every month bills have to be paid. The few computers which were sure to be bought had to bring in the enough money to cater for the available bills. All expenses, taxes and labourers had to be paid yet the company was trying to gain all that it had lost in the trial process.