The only thing is the Mac mini is premium priced with 16GB of Ram for $1099. However if you want, you can buy one for $899 with 8Gb.I think it’s because most people just want “good enough” and they’re not pushing their computers hard enough to ever really notice the difference between 8gb and 16gb. I do agree with you however, a premium priced machine, even the Mac Mini, should start at 16gb these days.
The average American family will not know the difference and the Apple will be faster then any $900 windows computer with double the ram @ 16GB. So the premium price Mac mini to me, does come with 16GB of memory and cost $1099.
Not only that but soon to be all Macs come with processors and far better SSD system that blows the doors off anything in it price class. Maybe that is why memory doesnt matter to the average American family ? (not the techies in this forum!)