Since customers (like you) want to get the absolute cheapest materials they need to compete and press the manufacturers to keep prices down to maintain their margins since they must compete with Agfa, Fuji and Kodak which have much better developed products and refined distribution network .
What't the issue? In the whole of the past century photographic productss and services have never been as inexpensive as they are today.
Still too expensive..
Then start using Inkjet.. print on recycled newsprint... And print less... Using less paper saves money!