The no stink claim has not proven to be true for me and in fact when I used Merino on tour it was the stinkiest garment I had along. I find it soaks up more moisture and takes forever to dry if it ever does in humid weather.
Really? Were these 100% Merino or did you have a mix? You are the first person that we've heard this from. Our daughter, my brother, and several friends also swear by their Merino stuff, but I guess wear what works for you. As for costing $60 and up... just look for them on clearance.
Some fun stuff -
https://youtu.be/0FxiuRu1PLc <--I haven't gone this long without washing, but I have gone a few weeks. ;-)