Yeah but I don't live paycheck to paycheck plus I take advantage of free giftcards + ebates + reward zone or any other promo available. :o also I avoid drugs, cigarettes & fast food. Saves a lot.
Did you know that 75% of Americans are classified as living "paycheck to paycheck" (defined as those who don't have an emergency fund that can cover 6 months of their income)? I didn't think I was living paycheck to paycheck either, until I put it in those terms. I don't do drugs, cigarettes, or fast food either -- just beer. Maybe I need a better job. We're a two-income family with no kids, a decent house, a few student loans, but even then, $100 seems like a lot for a game (which the company invested a lot of money into), and a plastic statue and artbook (which I imagine the company invested very little money into).
There some left over after bills, family expenses, investments, savings etc. I'm sure all CAGs are smart in managing their financials, its not like we are missing bills to buy these gems. It's a form of entertainment, collecting that is. You must have a hobby too that you spend money on.
There's usually not much left over after all that :/ But let's say I had $100 left over in August. I could buy the Xillia CE, or I could buy 2-3 newish games from AWD. I'm guessing I'll have Xillia in my hands by the end of September for less than $40.
I have two hobbies -- games and college. I suppose when I've finished my second Master's degree in a year, I'll have a little more discretionary income. Even then, I still can't see myself shelling out this kind of money.
The best argument I heard was Vigilante saying he buys it to support the company and to push for more localized titles (I'm still bitter about Vesperia not coming to PS3). Even then, that's a lot of money to devote.