As of now, I doubt I will ever slab a coin, unless it has a shot at 65 or higher for a Morgan or something like that.
I have sent a couple coins in to get authenticated (16-D and 09 S VDB), but never to get graded. I am not going to pay for someone else's opinion on the coin. I have my own.
Nor will I ever pay a premium for a coin being in a slab. The ONLY reasons I can see myself going to slab coins in the future is for authentication (as I already mentioned), and just simply protection... when I finally get my 1796 Quarter, I am not going to keep that just in a 2x2... it will probably go into a slab for protection.
Someone I used to deal with felt that since the grading fee was $15, the coin is worth $15 more.
I could not disagree more with that statement.
I'm not saying I will not buy a slabbed coin. I will buy slabs, if it is a good deal on the coin.
I agree with your statement jcook, about people putting faith in the slab. Like you said, it is a very dangerous way of collecting.
Well, there's my thought on slabs... it doesn't seem like I am alone on this one.