you will be paying for the privilege to test a product, have your say about it's development, and come v2.0 you will be ahead of the curve.
I am going to guess that you are relatively new here. At least, your name really doesn't ring a bell as someone who has been around for the duration of this fiasco.
Let me clue you in on some important information, as I am one of the folks who was here from the start. We played during Alpha, and gave our feedback. We played during Beta, and gave our feedback. We went out and paid for CE's, and continued to give our feedback. For almost two years now, we have given feedback, ad naseum, and still the game lacks basics.
It is still not where it should be, or should have been, before we bought the box.
No, it is not worth us "paying for the privilege to test a product." I don't pay for games to have the privilege of giving feedback to the developers, and there isn't another developer on the PLANET who would have the audacity to ask such a thing of their fans. In fact, no other fanbase would even defend such a move.
I pay for games because they bring me hours of enjoyment. If FFXIV is currently bringing you hours of enjoyment, then that's wonderful. By all means, pay to play it. But do NOT sit there and try to convince the rest of to open our wallets by vomiting forth some ******** that we should be grateful for the opportunity to pay for testing this product. It's ridiculous.