Scales are far from the end-all be-all option. They're a niche of their own like anything else and not some kind of ultimate end game. Especially since so many are vastly overpriced or overrated by plebs. It's like some kind of shitty hipsterism. I buy them once and a while but they are by no means the most enjoyable buyfaggotry, particularly. Diminishing returns is also a major thing with scales.
It's like wine. Cheap wine fro ma gas station is obviously shit (worst prize figs), decent wine is not cheap but not remotely expensive and perfectly enjoyable and a good value (good prize figs/cheaper scales). Once you hit the upper/middle price range, there's a good but not necessarily large difference (a $50 bottle of wine is not better than a $30 bottle). At the higher end, it's probably not worth it at all and is just materials (a $200 figure is pretty much never higher quality than a $130 but is larger/has multiple elaborate parts/multiple characters). On the super high end say $400, with wine it's just a waste of money and with scale figures, there had better be an excepional/unique excuse because it's definitely not better than a $150 figure quality-wise.
A whole lot of people overspend on Alter just for the name and while yeah a majority of their figures are above par, that's not the case in any sweeping sort of way and people who buy them are paying for a brand. OTOH there's Bellfine, who make decent but uninspired figures then charge $130 for their $30 bottle of wine (Alter does this also, just rarely).
tldr scales are not a benchmark and people who think otherwise buy a new iphone every year, and $200 of Nendos is probably a better value than a $200 Alter scale unless you're a nofunallowed