I'd like to be able to use my C-Store points to purchase items for my friends - things I would never buy for myself, and that they would never pay money for, but which I am willing to buy for them.
Sound odd? Yes, but consider how many stores out there live off this type of sale... the entire concept of a "gag gift" is unthinkable if people only bought what they or their friends actually wanted, to say nothing of Christmas shopping and birthday gifts. And yes, I know you've had your eye on that Golden Tribble for a while...
It seems like a win-win situation, really:
Players get to buy gifts for their friends
Cryptic makes sales that they might not have otherwise
The only potential downside I can see is security-related:
Increased potential for damage if a security breach occurs (account hacked/stolen -> C-Store credits purchased using cached payment info -> Items "Gifted" to people via third-party site coordinated transactions)
I really like this idea. As a Fleet Admiral for First Starfleet Regiment I want to be able to in some way reward my fleet for above and beyond the call of duty. I feel as though this would be a great way of doing so.
Yes this very good idea. buying that ship for you favorite Star Trek nut. Some version of this would be great.With some of speicla E-mail or something saying X gave you X. What good is giving if the people you give it to do not know amout it.
You purchase something with the gift-option, get the points deducted and receive a text-code, then you can hand the code to a friend to register with the page (like a preorder item) for the cstore item, or have the option to use the code yourself to turn it back to points -- in case the friend doesn't want that gift.
They should sell Cryptic Point cards like they do Game Time cards. I'm not going to go out and buy Cryptic Points for myself, but you know, if a buddy that knows I like and play STO wants to buy me a Cryptic Point gift card for my birthday and/or Christmas I would certainly put the points to good use.