While I am newer to comics (about 6 months) and do not fall exactly into your boat, I agree with what you say about digital comics not making any sense in their current form. If you live within reasonable distance to an LCS, I cannot understand why someone would pay the same price digitally as for a physical copy.
I down an iPad 3, iPhone, and have a laptop, so I can download and view my comics any which way that I want, but I just won't do it digitally although I love my iPad and reading comics on it is a treat. In fact, I would probably say that I prefer my iPad to paper for reading comics because of the light reflecting off a glossy page.
Unfortunately we live in the age where everyone feels entitled to everything, so if comics for your iPad aren't reasonably priced on the apps, people will just torrent them and read it that way. It's the same thing with music.