Yes exactly, and with generic prices varying. One can still come in relatively cost effective with better options for gearing, particularly for MS. One is not locked into any brand’s cassettes either. Which leaving out XD. Using Deore as an example, yes the older ones are just over 1k, while the newer MS compatible Deore is nearly double. But with a ten tooth and still relatively cost effective across the board.
Which ultimately is the balance what Droo was driving at I think by suggesting MS, not to speak on his behalf.