Ignore joxer... he was posting some BS about how cryptic was losing money because people could e-mail, trade, share, and sell doffs in-game freely.
sirsitsalot, because they are directly promoting and pushing the entire lockbox system. It takes it a step beyond the paid store.
The reason you cannot get direct lobi is because they WANT you to use the lockboxes. Same reason Las Vegas casinos want you to pull the lever arm on the slot machine. Even if there's a guaranteed payout they want to get you hooked. It's all marketting and ploys. That is why you won't see paid lobi crystals anytime soon.