To a Tycoon, everything is a game. A game of money. A game they are winning, and you are losing.
The only Tycoons winning when leaderboard slots are "For Sale" would be the game developers. If that was your point, then I agree with you.
Yes, X-MsLiza-X, my point exactly. The only Tycoons in this game are the creators.
I've enjoyed building a city but I haven't spent any money at all. I know that I'll never be anywhere near the leaderboards but that's ok. The main downside of not buying an expansion pack seems to be lack of building options. It gets a little boring adding the same structures over and over again. My in-game money is around a half a million but I don't really know what to spend it on anymore.
You get what you pay for, I guess. C'est la vie.