They have employees that want a good wage, and must run the systems and more to be at the ready for this and other repairs. As the price of the product falls you often find the minimum charge becomes a big component.
Also you have folk that tinkered with the product and then want it fixed and the fix warrantied. So your warranty reserve has to be funded by that repair bill.
I see nothing wrong here. If this was mine I'd shop for what a new camera is or even used and learn to not disassemble good gear.
hi I have a sony hdrxr 160e handycam.my problem is I removed the hard drive as it had a fault.now with it all back together the lcd is reading low temperature cannot access media warm the camcorder.i have done everything possible still the same I also got intouch with sony,they wanted £180 to do a service.i cant help thinking this fault cant cost that much.has anyone any idea what it can be.