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# 10
03-15-2013, 10:34 AM
Originally Posted by cmdrscarlet View Post
I dunno ...

The Zen stiped still cost the LTS member money, its just that each month the money spent for the Zen gets proportionally smaller and smaller as time goes by. But even the stipend cost the LTS money.

I've checked out the "free Zen for the surveys. The cost - at minimum - is time to the participant. In this case, "Free" is a lure.

So, I think the OP is ultimately correct - there is nothing "free" at all.
As an LTS member who reached the break-even point 21 months ago, I certainly consider it free. On top of that I have been given 16 Stipends: $80.00 worth of Zen. I have, effectively, been refunded 1/3 the price of what I paid for my LTS - and if the game lasts another 2.5ish years I will have been given a 100% refund in Zen.

On top of that, as was said above, when I purchased my LTS it was not done for Zen. There was no concept of Zen or Cryptic Points at that time. I have been given a bonus item that was not part of my original agreement. As such I certainly consider it free.

I guess I'm just not one of the "entitlement" crowd.