Tom sent me the above in response to this and it makes a lot of sense. While it is often the case that we tend to appreciate objects more after they are gone there is nothing better than doing so while we own them.
Obviously watches come to mind for me as does my car and even an iPhone that I have own for 3-4 years. If something works reliably over any space of time it the become personal to the owner. Sadly, however, we are losing that with most objects sold today.