No its not the same thing. Back to the sex analogy which i believe suits pretty good this issue: would you think its the same if some one posted a picture with their gorgeous girlfriend when compared to some one who posted a pciture with a gorgeous hooker he pays to be with him ? Its not the same, not by far.
I agree people can do what they want with their hard earned money. Shit i babashoped in my time playing for sure. Simply because i didnt have the free time that others had and i wanted to be on top.
But farming and upgrading your shit is far more impressive that opening your walet and buying it.
Thats exacly my point