Seth ponders, can you use this to improve your life? And if you are an MMO player, yes!. If becoming a connoisseur makes ripple no longer work but increase your enjoyment of the finer things, then MMOs are a great place to improve the extent to which you are a connoisseur. Despite recent business model innovations, they almost all use the same price structure, and the new models reduce the price even further. This is not like wine-tasting, where ruining your taste for Two Buck Chuck leaves you unable to enjoy anything under $20/bottle. These are MMOs, where the standard price is $15/hour, the price tends to go down as you consume large portions, and F2P is increasingly common. It is all cheap and almost all priced on a buffet model.
Go forth and become a more informed, refined consumer. You have nowhere to go but up.