Mm-hm, I almost never feel compelled to even look at XIV's cosmetic shop, and indeed they give you tons of legitimately awesome skins and mounts to unlock just by playing the game.Uh, what MMO doesn't have those things? FF14's cash shop is literally the most non-intrusive I've ever seen. Nothing on there is even close to necessary, and there's hundreds of mounts in game to get along with the thousand pieces of "glamour".
Weird complaints to stop playing an MMO. You didn't know there was a monthly fee going into it? Lol
I've played a F2P MMO before, and over the years it just got greedier and kept tying important progression aids plus any remotely cool cosmetic item to the cash shop. It felt like having things constantly dangled in my face and taunted with "come on, just spend a little more!" It felt like the game was nakedly trying to groom its players into becoming whales.
In comparison I barely spend anything on FFXIV and I distinctly feel like a valued customer in the game just like everyone else.