My point is just that there is nothing inherent in not having previously had Absinthe that prevents anyone from appreciating a fine artisinal Absinthe as much as any of us who have had greater experience.
I think this is very true, especially considering the rather small price range (which you already mentioned) between mediocre and fantastic brands of absinthe as opposed to some other spirits. For some people, though, and I include myself foremost among this group, every penny helps in a tough economy. I'm still glad I paid $60 for Lucid instead of $80 for a slightly/much better brand. Even though in the end it turned out I would have liked and appreciated the fancier stuff even more despite having no absinthe background, I still prefer to make the safer economic choice.
Of course, this raises the question: why buy a spirit to begin with instead of not spending any money at all?
I can't articulate an answer, but I'm sure most people here don't need me to!