But, all other things considered, I don't see prices ever returning to a point lower than the pre-panic level, and the reality is that everything is going to cost a bit more than it did, even when sanity is restored.
Depends. Once the legislation threat is dealt with the prices will take a big dip suddenly as the opportunist unofficial resellers exit the market first. After that there will be a slow drop off until proper sales levels are reached. Makers will start discounting to increase sales and prices will again drop.