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Your post is over three years old, but it was just found (May 2010), and I agree with your assessment about RAW, that it's unlikely any consumer would use it.
I use RAW for important shots, then save them to a CD to avoid eating up hard drive space, so they'll be available in the future.
My Fuji s100fs is 11mp, and creates 22.5 mb RAW files, which are converted to 10 mb (Adobe) DNG files in Light Room, so after post processing, they're saved as a jpg, usually about 1.5 mb.
Everyone fouls-up a shot now and then, so it's nice to have an way out of a mistake, and RAW is that avenue. Accolades to whoever created this file format.