True, very good comment.
What I maintain is that smart women looking to settle, independent of quality, should adopt a strategy that makes it easy for them to meet high quality men so they can settle in their prime.
High quality men are busy, and since there is a shortage of high quality men for high quality women today, for women it's like a game of musical chairs: the longer they wait, the worst off their odds.
Like you say, there is always a trade-off, and there is no 1:1 correlation between quality and "difficulty to meet". The further up the curve you go in "making it difficult to meet me".
The higher quality females simply tend to make themselves more available to different kind of men.
P.S.: awesome new commenting system, it rocks (or at least new since I last popped in :) !