Without knowing how your company went, it might also be possible that you went bankrupt..
Personally I was just had a 5 day holiday, with no access to the internet.. and since I had not cashed enough in to last (I produce raw materials/mid-products and thus dont have any regular income, only when I sell on the market), I came back to find my nice little 1.600.000.000 Dollar company reduced to 2,5million in cash and nothing else..
Tough luck is all I can say - and on it again!
(took just 4 days to make my company break back above 200million) ..
Its part of the experience, even if your strategy/choices in the game have failed.. - next time you wont repeat them
Regarding raw material prices on the MARKET, and that its "too expensive"
Well as long as it takes the SAME amount of Steel to make 2 tools (really really BIG hammers?) and to make, what..? - a CAR! then I think you need to play the game over a reset or two more, to see why it is, that steel prices are so high.
Fact is, that well, lets take a TVset - it takes a certain amount of raw materials to make this.. and you can sell it at something like 50-70,000 in shop/on market depending on what the price is at the time. IF you chose to use the raw materials needed for a TV, to produce some basic low-level goods, you can NOT gain the same amount of cash on it..
So, it is the producers of TV's, Cars, and other highlevel products, that determine the way the price is for raw materials on the market - they can AFFORT to pay 12,000 for 1 unit of Steel, because that 1 unit can make MORE money than 12,000 for them.
So, yeah you lose out, if you chose to do the low level stuff..
If you want this to change, you need to research some high level stuff, and start taking advantage of the system yourself..
Until different products takes different amount of raw materials, this system cannot, per definition, change.