Quoted from Astropin:
My point was that I think very few would buy 15k pin if they knew it could be produced in unlimited quantities. The value and it bring extremely limited were a big part of the draw. I don't think most were buying to flip but certainty some were.
Exactly. Its the "1 of a few" answer to the question of + $5000. The majority here agrees tangible things like parts, art, hardware are a fraction of $5k difference; most of the $3.5k on JJP (Le v CE dialedin) and $5 on BM66 is intangible emotional/rareness/perception so pure profit to the makers. And yes, it appears 400 hundred chasing the 30 or 80 SLE, highly value intangibles. JJP is seeing if $3.5k of intangibles will work for a Pat Lawlor game (little, to no, tangible differences - so similar to BM66, most must be the intangible rareless).
The perception/rareness value is a fragile idea. How long will Ice pay $thousands extra for rareness, if rareness has little meaning - If everything is rare, nothing is. For Stern, STLE run of 799 was rare. For BMLE 240 is rare (and unique with a toy or collector card). BMSLE is rarer still, with signatures (but 80 is now less rare than 30, so..... maybe instead of $5k difference is should now be $3k or $4k?? ).
The point is - the LE value should not be viewed as rational, when its based off rarity.
Maybe there should be a standard and a luxury standard where you load up on factory added goodies with upcharges - invisiglass, shakers, toppers, fancier interactive toys (Slimer) , powder coat, etc.
My opinion is that this Expo really tested the "what will people pay beyond extra goodies, so the intangible rareness factor?"
The discussion gets pointless, because there is no piece of hardware at a price that we can say is worth x or y. This gets into egos, opinions and its totally up to individuals definition. Its been interesting to see the arguments beyond the stick shock of $9 k is too high.
The more entertaining posts are discussing would you pay $3.5k or $5k difference of bragging rights.