I really think Lockboxes should be renamed Donation Boxes. That is what this game wants and needs. I think that is what a lot of people miss about lockboxes. Obviously if C-Store sales of ships in the normal way aren't making enough for the game then they need to resort to other methods to keep this game running and adding new content.
Some peoples' assumption that Cryptic and PWE are exploiting it _might_ be correct, however if they are making this extra income then it becomes very worthwhile to keep updateing the game and improving hardware to increase a player base to "exploit", so it is still a win for us.
I am middle of the road, I don't know what PWE and Cryptic have to do to keep this game running so it is very hard to comment, and over all I find if I don't know it's better to just be optimistic, it's less stressful and also the reason why I think lockboxes should be renamed to Donation Boxes.