I am a Spectrum Noir fan but I must say I do drool over Copics but only because of the color codes. However, I will not jump on the Copics bandwagon since I only use markers as a hobby and not making a profit. I really don't understand the cost though, are they expensive because the demand is high and will continue to sell no matter what the price? How much more can they cost to manufacture over SN's or similar markers, really? I personally think it's ridiculous.
IMHO, Copics are priced for businesses like those who depend on the color range for drafting (ex. Cartoonists and Fashion Designers). Not to say crafters are being taken by this, but if your budget doesn't allow it, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there that will do the same thing. With a bit of creativity, you can mix different brands of alcohol markers and have the same color gradients. I do this with my SN and Prisma markers.
I know, I should tell you how I really feel