This is true only if you are approaching it purely from a music listening standpoint (and that's just fine if you do). But, as a music-lover AND a collector, I take packaging into account as well. Why would I pay the same price for a CD with ugly, cheaper packaging as I would pay for attractive, premium packaging. It's not like I have to compromise and buy the record club pressing the very first time it pops up in the bins. I have more than enough CDs on my want list to be able to pick and choose from my preferred versions whenever I walk into a store.