Trust me, I know we've butted heads on this before but as someone who has skied a lot of skis, ON3Ps are the shit.
It's not just buying skis from good dudes and supporting an awesome startup although that is nice. ON3P really does have the thickest edges and bases you can get. Their bases are also flat as fuck from the factory which is more than I can say for a lot of other indie lines. I have sent some sketchy ass lines over rocks and bullshit on ON3Ps that would have left all but a few completely ruined- but barely a scrape on the ON3Ps time and time again. One instance is pretty crystallized in my mind- I took a break from them for a day once and rented some Dynastars the demo shop had just gotten in- returned them with no less than 6 core shots skiing the same lines. It's not just hype.
In my personal opinion it isn't so much that you're paying more for them as you are making an investment in your equipment. Think about it- how many times have you heard of sollies and such delamming? Now how many times have you heard of it happening to ON3Ps? They almost never have breakages and I would venture to say their warranty claims are more akin to unicorn sightings than anything else. It's not because people aren't skiing the shit out of them, it's because they are built to take on big skiing whereas big name brands are generally designed for a more pedestrian market.
Also, they can be had for a relative song and dance when bought used, which I would still call a better deal than brand new chinese skis from Solly or K2 etc. Not that there's anything wrong with buying a ski made in china, it's just not on my bag as I'd rather support "local" people who build the best ski possible, not the most profitable ones. IMO you can support conventional thought, or you can support people pushing the envelope. I choose the latter. Perhaps in time you will too. Until then though, I would just do my best to get on a pair to try. After all, skiing is believing :)