Well, I haven't been on a Never Summer yet that I felt like rode as well as the price suggested.
Evo $500, Era $390. Proto $550, Rush $500. SL $510, Nitro Team Gullwing $480... I could go on but yeah. If it's what you want that's fine, they do ride well. But they are overpriced. I don't really think that's up for debate.
And I rode SoCal for a year, they don't really get enough snow to get gnar chop.
Just looked at K2's site and the only board comparable to the Raptor is the Peace Maker and it costs slightly MORE than the NS...