One of my major distributors just added the first four ACR SKU's to their catalogue .
The standard fixed stock ACR dealer is : $2175
The folding/collapsible stock , railed enhanced ACR version shows : $2475 ( down from $2675 that I was told at SHOT).
Same price for either color.
I believe distributor price is about $200 less for each. Usually when items are in continuous production and are available everywhere, distributors will sell at below dealer cost. THEN, Large volume dealers sell at closer to dealer price. Once again , in time, if production gets ramped up, prices will come down and the best price from a larger dealer will be, I bet, somewhere between $2199 and $2299. Obviously still not the $1399-1499 that we all wanted but that's the market. The ACR costs a lot more to make than Magpul had originally hoped for.
(Since we are a quiet little, intimate, adult forum at the moment, I'll give you some inside info regarding pricing.)
And the market competition is the:
SCAR - 223 - $2185 , 308 $2328 (223 is available now but is VERY limited. Most stocking FN dealers only get one a year hence the prices of in excess of $3000.)
H&K MR556A1 - $2285 dealer ( possibly available in Feb-March 2010)
So that's the competitive situation. Hopefully this will help you understand the thoughts behind one aspect of the ACR pricing.