A-Man the way you wring your hands it's a wonder that you have any skin left on them. Your protestation, and ridicule is as predictable as it is unfounded. Paraffin works great, and your haughtiness doesn't change that fact.
Further, you are doing a disservice to this community inferring that paraffin will have anything but beneficial effects on ski bases, or that it isn't a viable alternative for budget minded skiers. I have hundreds of days of first hand experience (and decades of the experience of the friend who turned me onto paraffin) to back up my advocacy.
Ski waxes aren't made of magic, they are made of wax, plus coloring, and some other ingredients that alter the rage of temperatures at which they are most effective. Parafin is a slick hydrocarbon wax between 18 and 32 degrees. It is perfect for storage, functional as a base prep wax, and useful for mixing with harder or softer waxes to extend temperature ranges.
I don't claim that paraffin outperforms ski specific waxes, only that it is quite functional within its limits, and that it is very cost effective. I also assert that within it's effective range, the difference between it and ski specific waxes is so slight that most people would never notice it.
Good post, VA....