I tried to get an assortment of different frags when I began doing the blind purchases, and it worked out fairly well. I don't really think there is a cheap way of becoming a frag aficionado, unless you can sample a large number of them over time (not with magazine samples on paper). The stores that sell a lot of men's frags just don't have enough testers (in terms of variety). I decided to go with cheapo frags that got reviews here, and I can't complain about it. Even when I didn't like the frag, I learned a lot.