So, getting back on buying series, i've guess i've settles on $1 an episode, unless it is absolutely exceptional or has a lot or re-watchness in it. So, something like the X-files which is pretty good, but would only be watched once in a while should get less ($1 or slightly more an episode) than something like the early Simpsons which are very good and have much re-watchabality.
Anyway, the X-Files cost much too much. 20 or so episodes a season for ~$135 each. I figure i want the first seven seasons, but will never pay $950 fot it. The list price is ~$150, making it over $1000!
If i counted correctly, the first seven seasons is a total of 150 episodes, which means that i'd pay ~$150 (maybe slightly more because i really do like the series (I'm think $200 would do it)). So, what i could do, is download six of those seasons and pay for the seventh. (Or just download them all and buy any one later.) That way, they get about all the money they'd get from me anyway, i get what i want, and everyone is happy.
The other way would be to download it all and mail them a check. I fear, however, that would incur more damage and ill will than good. Because, then they know that i downloaded it, know that i didn't pay what they want, and so on. If i buy a box set, noone's the wiser.