Well.... if I analyze any of my hobby in terms of throughput and ROI (return on investment), all of them are in pretty sad shape. So what if I made some prints I believe are absolutely amazing? No one will buy them and for that, the absolute dollar value is zero. So the whole thing is a big waste of time and money. I might as well do absolutely nothing, drink some plain water and come infinitely ahead.
Let's not forget the fun factor and enjoyment of obtaining new gear and using them in our hobby. Although I don't do Jobo and I have no plan of getting one, I think it's absolutely neat that they are available again. Film may be declining or coming back, but personally, I really don't care. They are available. I plan to shoot and enjoy them as long as they are available.
At the end of MY day, that's what I care. I can get what I want, I have what I want, and I enjoyed my day.
If you enjoy processing film, and don't mind buying equipment for your art/hobby/folly, then the price compares reasonably to many things (a new Canon 5d Mk III body, a flying/boating/horse-riding habit, vehicle restoration, etc etc.). I love my ancient Jobo, and it's so handy I'd probably save up for a new one if/when it dies or if I can't repair the thing.
If you like having no control over your process, trusting your film to some drunken lab employee who is going to jack everything up, and paying for the privilege, by all means go with a "Pro lab".
I used to get back dirty 4x5 chromes. That's when I started doing my own E6. Now my chromes are perfectly clean.
DIY color is so easy, you can do it with a bucket and hot water from a sink (E6 too!)
[QUOTE=EASmithV;1444233]If you like having no control over your process, trusting your film to some drunken lab employee who is going to jack everything up, and paying for the privilege, by all means go with a "Pro lab".
Or avoid any such chance of a drunken lab employee by only using labs in Utah :D
Finding a pro lab in Utah might prove to be harder said then done, though i am sure they are out there.