Seriously, this is a sensible take on the variant issue, and it's the one I expected from the learned members of this board. It's also one that I share. As greedy and shallow a collector as I am, I genuinely have zero interest in price variants, except for the scholarship that has emerged in their wake. Like most of you, I can't see myself seeking out additional copies of books I already own simply because a different price appears on the cover.
On the other hand, if a book I am seeking is available in both price variants, I may pursue the rarer book. . .to a point. But ultimately, I must own the book. The price that appears on the cover is a superfluidity for scholars and speculators.