I like minty, appreciate minty but cant often afford minty. I also like salty, appreciate salty and can afford salty. Collecting militaria is just one of many hobbies I enjoy. I enjoy old motorcycles (minty) and collect victorian brewery items (minty). I guess military items with condition issues often have a story attached and therefore to me are interesting. What I can't live with is a repro or copy.
Thank goodness we are all different as this means there is something for every ones taste and budget.