I think part of the problem I ranted about in my earlier post is owners who grew up in an era when a bike was a cheap form of transport for people on limited budgets. But times have changed & they're living in the past.
Today the majority of bikes (& especially old bikes) are a luxury/lesisure purchase not an essential and as such should be funded from disposable income.
Bottom line is people shouldn't have luxuries they can't afford. Unfortunately the modern sense of "entitlement" widely endemic is society makes them think they should. How long is it going to be before someone chimes in and says its their "human right" to have a classic bike and its "detrimental to their mental health" that the points for their Raleigh Wisp cost so much they can't afford to pay for their kid's smartphone?