Yeah the laurels are kind of a joke for the cost of getting ascended items. Its 30 per peice I believe so for a single toon to get trinkets, thats 150 laurels for 2 rings 2 earrings and an amulet, and I forget can you get backpeice with laurels as well? I browsed the vendor but didn't pay much attention when I saw 30 per item. Right now I have 26 (I think maybe 27) so when I get 30 I guess I'll take another look at them.
But with 3 lvl 80 toons already and other classes I am lvling up to get the "best" on all my toons is going to be extremely time consuming. Now I know some will say you only need them for the toon you do FotM on. Not true, if you want to keep up with everyone else (in WvW stats do matter, because a boost in stats can help me overcome someone that is at equal skill with me or let me hold my own better against someone better) And since I play a different toon in WvW depending on my mood well to keep the best I've got a lot of work to do.
I really think there should be additional ways of getting laurels, like just getting one when you get one of the repeatable achivements. This gives you an additional way to earn them in your everyday game play, but not really a lot at one time, which is what I think they are trying to prevent people from doing by making dailies the source of them.