Your story is what I've more or less believed, based upon what I've read, and it's why I can't imagine wanting to be a perfumer, under any circumstances (unless someone wanted to throw a million dollars at me and there was no pressure on me to actually produce anything). That said, I wonder how much more it matters, since once you've sampled a ton of different frags, do you really need to smell something slightly different? For me, the enjoyment comes from the rotation of what I already have, and also getting some "super deals" on ebay, from yard sales, etc.
The thought of spending a hundred dollars or more on a fragrance makes me laugh. The most I've spent on a full size bottle is about $20, and I've only done that a few times, sometimes as a result of a trade, and so when shipping was factored in, it brought the cost up of the traded item to $20. So at least for me, I can wait for the fragrances to "come to me," rather than worry about what the perfume companies are trying to do to the "ignorant masses." I'd suggest you just view perfumery as a job that is at least a bit better than almost all others, despite the BS you have to tolerate.