I think that one aspect of the pipe that really appeals to me, is the overall personal satisfaction I get from smoking a pipe. I say this, because smoking a pipe properly and experiencing a great smoke, is no easy feat.
At first, everything that can go wrong usually does. Then, little by little, you refine your technique, find the right tobaccos, and learn individually how to dry and load them in the pipe.
To me it seems that ribbon cuts are easiest to dry and smoke, so it is a given that flakes are a more advanced tobacco to learn to smoke properly.
I think for the pipeman who is willing to stick out the steep learning curve, the pipe will be much more rewarding than a cigar.
Plus, it really chaps my ass to pay $17 for a cigar that burns unevenly, when I could have had a tin of Christmas Cheer for the same amount of money.
Additionally, I get much more satisfaction placing a new pipe in the rack, vs. placing a new box of cigars in the humidor. Just the thought that I won't have anything left after I smoke the box of cigars is kinda a bummer.