Mark, i think many of us are frustrated by situations like you describe. I'm sure there are some who use their smart phones with instant messaging etc. and enjoy the challenge of trying to score a special GEC. I think the action mimics a video game and they enjoy the excitement of trying to score more than the knife won. And if they don't want to keep it, flip for a double and make a few hundred $$ every month.
I think the GEC/Northwoods brands have been somewhat taken over by gamers. The difficulty to obtain these knives is not all due to us old fart knife collectors trying to buy a new release. Gamer Invasion !
The #85 Bullet End Jack is a popular pattern, particularly those with an EO notch. They auction on ebay for over $350. But all the ones i have seen have a full flat grind on the Spear Point blade.
Here is 857116EO with smooth autumn gold bone handles and a full saber grind ('full' = both sides). It was an SFO for Mike Latham that i was fortunate to sign up for.