The horses as a breed are fantastic and perfect for certain people like me. Shorter so easier to mount, stocky-easily can hold an adult, gorgeous- like My Little Pony comes to life, temperament to die for. They are the perfect horse for someone who just loves horses, loves grooming them, spending time with them, doing pleasure riding, not looking to become a grand champion dressage rider, endurance trail, or barrel racer, etc. Not a horse for everyone but then what is.
Are they worth the price? Well, if people are buying, then they are worth it. If a horse isn't selling, it's not worth the price. I do see gypsies getting cheaper though. I've seen a few under 10k which is cheap for them.
Honestly though, I see a LOT of European horses that are easily in that range. Look at friesians for example. I've also read a lot of people say that gypsies are just a colored cob. Well, where I live, if you could even find a cob, they are just as expensive as a gypsy.
Another thing, who cares how a horse is viewed in another country? Quarter horses are plentiful by me, but if someone told me that people pay big money for quarter horses in Europe I wouldn't think, "OMG what fools!" I'd think ....oh, cool, interesting. The cost of a horse or really anything in another country has no bearing on what it can bring in a US market so I don't see why that is always brought up.
Anyway, I hope their price comes down a little more so maybe one day I could actually afford to buy one of these hairy darlings.