I have no issues buying the proprietary hops. The demands of the market drive innovation. Without innovation, in any market, products become stagnant. I have never brewed the exact same recipe twice. Innovations and experimentation are what drive this hobby for me. Don't get me wrong, I like many of the public domain hops, but if they were all I, or any commercial brewery, had to use, I would get bored real quickly with this hobby. That being said, I get what you are saying. I'd rather spend $13 a pound for Citra than $25-30.... But I'll pay the price in the end.