Were not really that far apart in how we see things, Aotphks. Let's take a look -
Being "had" indicates that something was put over on me, that I paid for something that I didn't receive. I know exactly what I'm buying, and for me I'm sure it will be worth it. Now, if I had a family of 5 and was having to pony up an extra $300 for one evening, well, I'd probably not be so quick to purchase.But the value of money is relative to every person. For me? NO, I would not pay, I don't find the parties to be worth it for what they offer.
Yes, you gladly paid to attend and you are happy you did, I get it, but IMO, you and all the others who attend these parties were and will continue to be "had".