This isn't meant to devalue Hank's post upthread, for whom price apparently is no object.
Not true. I limit my spending on my collecting hobbies to $200 a week.
But I also remember the days of $20 blank tapes and $75 film prints. To get a full season of a show for less than it sometimes cost to buy one episode on film, to me that's a pittance. To get a full season at what is cheaper than what 4 blank tapes cost (holding 8 hours at SP), is a joke. I don't care what other sets cost, that's not really the point. For value for the money, anyone who's been collecting for a long time sees DVD prices as insanely cheap.
Just curious but going by your posts I assume you didn't collect when things were more expensive. And I can appreciate collecting on a limited budget. But luckily, as everyone knows, we Baby Boomers have massive amounts of disposable income to spend on this stuff. That's why the industry alots the majority of it's resources to releasing shows from the 50s and 60s and doesn't bother as much with modern shows.