That's why I don't use paper filters no more.
It's not the paper. It's when you change that paper.
We have a member here using a Pep Boys vehicle with 350K and Pep Boys basic paper oil filters exclusively.
So yes, economy filters work fine. All mine in my signature are value-priced filters - (even the cheap K&N) and I'm 1st and last owner of my vehicles.
If you must have an Ultra, it's your moola to waste. Would I buy a Purolator/Motorcraft?........ no. Quality control there stinks! But I'll bet there are many vehicles using Motorcraft exclusively with 300+K on the odometer. I wouldn't buy an AC Delco filter either. They went to pot when GM Bankruptcy occurred. They cheapened all the oil filters, just like they cheapened all their new vehicles/parts