nah, in current times 250s and 500s are only for beancounters... or vultures, prep tuournamens at best.Of course they count. They're part of the career. They have weight, just not a lot of it. Comparing only the biggest tournaments is lazy, fit for people who haven't got all the available information.
its not the event size itself which gives them value, but the attending competition!
so a win of fed or nole in dubai (500), when both attend has surely bigger value than aslan vs. harris.
and its rare nowadays that a lot of top players attend the same small events.