I'm not sure all readers would agree. Unless there's something I'm missing.
Although I would personally have a problem morally justifying a $4,000 machine, I don't think it's unreasonable to discuss this users options on this forum.
I would venture that there is a percentage of users on this site who have spent close to that much for their setups. Pair an ECM Giotto with a Mazzer Mini and you're already past the $3,000 mark. To me that's excessive, but to many users, that's a reasonable expenditure (Although not for a first machine, I'll grant).
Are we really going to roll up the welcome mat, simply because this poster's budget exceeds an arbitrarily decided amount?
Again, maybe I'm missing something in his post, but couldn't someone on the forum suggest an option or two for this poster? Even if it would be unreasonable for 99.9% of us to spend that much? Or will we be guilty of the same snobbery we're accusing them of?
For people considering a super automatic, I think the Nespresso system is also worth considering. It's a pod system where the coffee is pre-ground and sealed to preserve freshness. You use one pod for one shot of espresso.
The downsides are that pods are somewhat expensive at 59 cents, the only source is from Nespresso (internet order or from the Nespresso Boutiques), and you are limited to the 16 blends that are available only from Nespresso (no third-party manufacturers). Also, the spent pods create a environmental waste. However, the upside is that the quality is quite good, possibly better than from super automatics, the 16 blends offer a good variety of flavours, and the results are extremely consistent. Mechanically speaking, the machines are quite simple, require less maintenance, and are less prone to failure than super-automatics, and they only cost about $300.
More info about Nespresso here (I don't work for Nespresso!):