my thinking exactly, if they offered the items on tribble for free, no one would use holodeck, people would just copy over thier char. and just use tribble, not buy anything on the c-store, profits would fall, not to mention the whole point of tribble would be void and we would have more people complaining about bugs, population, and anything else that goes wrong seing as they would not think the tribble server as a test server anymore. and then we wouldn't have a true test server and all testing would be done in-house on thier private test servers.
T-child: tell me, would you buy under garments after someone tried them on?
there are things in life you just shouldn't or wouldn't do...
this is one of those things, cryptic would loose profits and the game would suffer and therefore so would we in the end.
Part of the issue might be that people will stop playing on the Holodeck and spend all their time playing on Tribble. If you can have every ship, every weapon, every costume, every race in Tribble there's not a huge incentive to keep you playing on the Holodeck, where you have none of that.
If I remember correctly, the C-Store is the one and the same on both Tribble and Holodeck. Because of this, making something free on one would also make it free on the other. I would like the option to purchase an item on Tribble though and have it become available for me when patched to Holodeck to show up. I don't mind paying to tet the uniforms, ships, etc that I want.
Although I understand why people would like to have that I do not thing that this will happen or is necessary.
Dont forget: Tribel is not there for us to try out other configurations of any kind.... although we of course do that.... the original purpose of tribel is nothing but testing new game function for bugs. The stuff in C-Store, especially if it is already on Holodeck, does not need Tribel testing.
New stuff ending up later in C Store is often available for free$... I have, for example, all Klingon Retrofits on my Tribel Klingon; I purchased them when it was free (dont know if it still is or not)
I mean of course I'd like to see that.... on the other hand.... I'd like to see the C-Store disapear completly and getting all Items free... SInce I already pay enough monthly. But thats simply not the way it works.