Hmmm . . . I don't think I've ever liked something less because I've seen it cheaper . . . . I seem to also be drawn to the 'expensive' and rarer ones. I think I would still love the carousel even if it was as available as all the other circus pieces.
Then again, I do not like the Princess one and she goes for a mint!! I would have no intention of buying her to keep even if I found one by accident at a garage sale for $5.00. And the same goes for the others in the ivory series . . . . it's a matter of personal choice for me.
I paid a squillion for the Sphinx over here, and even though they are a dime a dozen, I still love it the same as I did when I bought it, I just wish I hadn't paid so much!! If I didn't enjoy it so much, perhaps I wouldn't have paid the money for it . . . damn it!!