If it's got the look, it's got the look! And people pay for what they like, some like the relic, some dont, hence the brand new relic's alongside the new unrelic'd models.
I was ready to shell out asking price for a certain oly white strat that sold before I could buy it. It would have been my first relic'd guitar but it had the look y'know. and 22 frets. Some vehicles have a certain body package that demands extra $$$, same shit on the inside but a (fake) hoodscoop and a nicer ferring? or spoiler and people will pay an extra 5-10k for the same vehicle because it has the look.
It's not rocket appliances!