Frank Herbert: "There's an unwritten compact between you and the reader. If someone enters a bookstore [any store] and sets down hard earned money (energy) for your book [or whatever], you owe that person some entertainment and as much more as you can give."
collector's items take that to the next level for me, and surely many others. it's a statement. it's saying you can afford to keep this highly desirable item that is not practical. of course preserve it and show it off if possible.
internet access is usually charged on a monthly basis and becomes seemingly cheapened by the passing of the billing month. a lot of books [or whatever] can be obtained cheaply. you pay at the end of the cycle and start again. the price of these digital valuables is very low. you can get as many copies as you want for the same price. What is the cost? a little time. you don't even think about the monthly bill. you wait for the torrent to finish. you don't value the content at all! you say, "but it's a great show and i love watching it!" Well, you spent no energy to get it, so what do they [the producers] owe you? the game!