It’s $229 which you know very well, shifty.
Moreover, the reason to pay $229 is to have access to an incredibly robust and fast catalogue system (multiple catalogues open at the same time, search across multiple catalogues, search with filtering on search results). The triage and metadata editing part is $139 with the option to add the catalogue/library functions of plus later.
FastRawViewer is the better buy for just triage and I prefer it for rating photos over PhotoMechanic. FastRawViewer metadata tools on the other hand are extremely slow and very limited. If you wish to add any metadata or rename your files before or during rating, then PhotoMechanic would be the better choice. I don’t touch metadata during triage (only on selects) so I’m very happy with FastRawViewer for rating.
I’m still happy to have PhotoMechanic for mass review and editing of metadata and more particularly for its cataloguing abilities. Yes, $229 is not 50¢. On the other hand, if hiring a personal librarian to gather up all your photos for you and sort them all isn’t worth $229 to you, you either don’t give much value to your photos or your time.