I'm of the mind that the current puppy market is out of control. It has gotten greedy. I paid well over a grand for each of my dogs, high quality and from reputable breeders, but still expensive. These prices still sometimes blow my mind!
I charge less because there are lots of families that can not be practical and realistically spend so much on a dog (even if they'd like to) so these families are left with the less expensive pups, generally bad health and temperaments or unwanted for some reason...
I just think its wrong and sad. We want our dogs to go to the best and most loving homes, not just the wealthiest or the highest bidder!
But, yes, if I was pricing my puppies at current market rate he'd be $1500... and he'd sell!
With lower prices I get flooded with offers too, so the best homes get the puppies not the first to ask. Not that I tell people that, of course. ;-) You're by far not the first home that wanted him, or the first to want to send a deposit, but the most loving family! I can see how much you'll love him!