Perhaps my sarcasm is too subtle for you?
Apparently your sarcasm is
too subtle for me. Either that or you're just not very good at expressing sarcasm.
Although I used to use DOP San Marzanos exclusively, I can't tell you the last time I bought DOP San Marzanos. Still, I can
say I've had much better experiences with DOP San Marzanos than I have with plain old Italian tomatoes or mislabeled "San Marzano" tomatoes, possibly excluding La Valle "San Marzanos" (in the yellow-orange cans).
(Are Nina labeled "San Marzano"? Regardless of what their labels say, Nina tomatoes suck.)
I rarely pay either $2.89 or $4.49 for a 28-35 oz can of tomatoes anymore. Even though I've had good experiences with Cento DOP tomatoes (which apparently haven't even been available for a long time), I've become a big fan of Stanislaus Saporito Filetto di Pomodoro, which costs me $5.99 for a 6 lb-6 oz can. These tomatoes are perfect for deep dish straight out of the can, and they work great for NY style, too, with a little processing. If you have never had a chance to use them for your pizzas, I'm guessing you'd probably love them.
But since you asked, I think paying $2.89 for a deceptively mislabeled can of "good" tomatoes is equally as bad as paying $4.49 for "bad" tomatoes. Just don't try to deceive me, regardless of which can you're trying to sell me. Because if you do, it's not gonna pay off for you in the end.