Simply put, before F2P your customers had a paid monthly account. That your company chose to include VA tokens in lieu of the c-store is not the costumer's fault. Its yours (company).
To come now and say 'oh its because you never paid for it' is absurd. We did pay for them. A monthly fee. The ships were acquired under the norms of the game in those days.
That is ridiculous.
You paid for monthly access and you received monthly access. This is just like those "We should get a free LTS conversion!" demands. You received exactly what you paid for.
You want a discount from buying a ship without actually buying the ship, because you got that ship for free. What?
"Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there... you can make a difference." - James T. Kirk