It's for people who don't have time to level up for 15 hours just to have a good time with their friends online.
It's a shortcut, yes, but it would make make a lot more playable for alot of people. Imagine playing with your friends who have all the time in the world, and got pretty much everything in the game, and then when you finally get to play online with them, you roll up in your pinto carrying nothing but a knife.
If your "TOO" busy, handle what you deem more important and what "is" more important like work, then take your time and earn things with your friends.
Aren't you having a good time earning things with your friends?
Whats the point of robbing a bank, or stealing something if you've already got a lot of money?????
It makes no sense.
And your example still doesn't make it right, what are you ashamed of your friends making fun of your digital pinto?, or if they were your friends wouldn't they know you don't have much time? OR how about you meet friends that can play when you can?
A losing argument for me, people who don't value games, have taken over and only see them as 30min activities to do once a week and as something that should not require time investment.....ah whatever