Tiffany that is not how people who collect aroids view their plants. They don;t collect anything else. They are hyper focused on every new aroid they see. If it variegated, or 'rare', so much the better. They are paying thousands of dollars sometimes for a single, small, plant. Its like the Day Lily people here...they collect DAY LILIES. They may have some other plants, but, they are more 'unimportant'. The aroid people are building greenhouse INSIDE their houses and apartments JUST to grow Anthuriums and Philodendrons and other aroids. The build living walls and put as many rare species as they can, on it. They build floor to ceiling walk in terrariums, JUST for aroids.
And the but sell and trade page here is NOTHING like it is there. They are aroid specific, and tend to run toward what are called 'purges', where a single seller will list 10-20+ plants, one at a time, with a price, and people fight over them. Or, they have auctions. like on eBay, just for aroids. Its not uncommon for a starting bid on something to be $1000 and still have a RESERVE.
The difference between here, and there, is stunningly different