So many people are butt-hurt over the recent news of microtransactions coming to GTA Online. I want to clear up a few things and tell you why you shouldn't be worried about microtransactions ruining your GTA Online experience.
Money isn't what determines your rank in the GTAO. Your rank is determined by XP accumulated from doing heists, robberies, races, deathmatches, and so on. If you are a player who wants to get rich fast, then you can do so. This will NOT make you a better player. You can purchases homes, cars, and so forth, but it will not in any way make you elite.
Let's say Me and You start out at level 1. I decide to purchase $2.5 million dollars of in-game cash. You decide to roll with the punches, and not purchase any microtransactions. By me purchasing the in-game money, I will be set up to buy real estate and vehicles. You will have to earn it the hard way and work your way up. My rank is unchanged from buying homes or vehicles, and I'm in the exact same situation as you. I must win races, do heists, win deathmatches, and so on to earn my rank/reputation. Money is what makes GTA Online tick, but it is NOT what ranks you up. You have to EARN your money in order to earn reputation.