Disagree with the first statement their always up to scratch for me. But I can understand your second. Im uberselective nowadays about my vinyl purchases. Its almost as if you have to preempt what's going to get VIP'ed or Remixed in the fear that your 12", that you spent your hard earned mahulla for, will become expired. For me, personally, most remixes and VIP's for that matter have no longevity. This is why I try and wait a few months to see if a better version of a track may be released. But again I suppose it just boils down to personal taste at the end of the day.
Want me to go on?? Think we might need a new thread. Those are just 3 examples of timeless tracks. If you're talking about VIPs the two most recent biggens for me were the Featherweight VIP and the Patience VIP. I plan to be mixing those for a long time to come.