It's nice to think that your purchases go straight to Cryptic and as a consequence back into the game, but they don't.
Cryptic is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PWE - every nickel you spend goes into PWE's pockets then they decide what proportion of that they want to spend on Cryptic or their other projects.
Paying these crazy prices doesn't guarantee that Cryptic will get more money. All it guarantees is that they'll be told to make more ships and continue charging these prices (or more, if they can get away with it).
The WoT story is nice though - something like that I could support since it benefits many more people than just the Devs/Publishers.
This is correct,
PW bought Cryptic Studios and it's games for $50 Million Dollars. Up to the 2nd Qtr this year PW made $24 Million dollars in net profit...
They have shareholders and staff to pay, they have projects that aren't retail yet requiring expenditure (Neverwinter)
and most of all they have fat bonus' to pay themselves.
People who think that the money they spend goes back to Cryptic to improve the game are so completely ignorant of how business works that it's not even funny. Heck all you have to do is look at the game it's a half assed bug filled mess at the moment that needs some serious TLC.