After seeing this thread I checked the Alienware web site. The first thing I noticed is that the Saucer Silver option is $400 dollars cheaper.
If you want a specialty color that's where the $$$ seems to come in. As I understand it the red, green, and blue Laptops have a much nicer finish than the silver ones.
I have a silver one and can tell you that forn what I've seen, the optional colors are much nicer -- smoother finish, and very glossy. The silver one isn't.
I'm sure all this will change, as prices and configurations are the one ever changing constant in the Alienware universe. That coupled with the fact that it is X-mas time, and they will take advantage of every opportunity to make an extra dollar, it is the American way.