Everything matches here.
I don't understand how people lose a lot of flatware. We eat, wash, put away, repeat. No flat wear is allowed to the leave the house EVER. The kids have special fork and spoon for the lunches, and we keep of box of plastic for emergencies, but "I want to yogurt in the car or I will die" moments etc.
A few things went missing when they kids were smaller, but that passed by the time they were school aged.
Because flatware last for decades for us, I would pay $24 for a spoon. It would drive me crazy and I would whine, but if you are going to enjoy the spoon for 10 years, how many pennies is that per day?
OK, I just figured it out -- its $0.0065 cents per day if you keep the spoon for 10 years.
If you don't spend the money and instead switch to lower quality, you'll notice it. Every single time you touch a piece of flatware. May be not right at first, but within a few months.
It's too early in the morning to do the math, figuring out how much my .75-each Oneida forks and spoons have cost me per day. You are right, they last a long time! I've had mine for 20 years, and who knows how long they were in use before that.
We don't lose flatware (much) but we frequently find stuff years later in the compost when we are spreading it.