It seems like you are arguing for something that 1) nobody else is even discussing and 2) isn't even remotely plausible.
You're right, there's nowhere to go from here, because you are arguing hypothetical situations and I am arguing real-world applications. :/
Hate to burst your "better man" or "high n mighty" bubble, but the post of mine that you jumped into the thread with the argument towards, was addressed towards Shade who had already established that his budget was not a concern...
The discussion between him and I was about whether it would in fact be possible to upgrade his gear by switching from using OWE, to not. And I was just trying to show him how he could go about doing it. If you look back at pages 3 and 4, you'd see that it was you that introduced the money saving by using OWE argument to the thread.
Hm, going back to reread the first page, that's not at all how I took what was said.
In the OP he says that while he COULD drop $250, he's not comfortable with the potential stat loss with that type of budget. And, while he says he could
spend money, he "absolutely hates" to.
"a). There are too many cons to dropping OWE now. The replacement gear is simply too expensive, not too mention not even available on the GAH. Gold has devalued badly, and almost all good gear is now in the RMAH, which means spending money, which I hate but not absolutely against."
His first con is budget-centric.
The opening line of the post by you, that I first responded to, is:
"I'm curious what dps stats people are having to give up to get AR, compared to giving up the same # (one lol...) of stats for a resist of their choice with OWE to save money. "
Both the OP and you talked about saving money, how expensive it was to switch, etc.
So, sorry, I will have to disagree with you again.
edit: Look, how this all started is neither here nor there. Whether I misread the OP's feelings about budget is, at this point, rather moot. The discussion we've been having over the past couple pages has nothing to do with the OP, but rather people in general who use OwE.
We've come to the point where we've realized (maybe it took me longer to get there) that we're talking about two completely different scenarios - you're talking about min/maxing perfect gear, and I'm talking about min/maxing gear based upon a budget.
There is nothing high and mighty about me realizing that, nor am I trying to be condescending about saying there's nothing further for us to discuss. I agree with your claim that, sans budget, no-OwE is the way to go.
Since I've already agreed with you on your claim and you don't seem interested in discussing my claim (and that's fine, too), there's nowhere to go from here.