A case of Heineken. Or Corona. Or Presidente. Or some Hennesy. Or some JD.
It can get me to Boston and back... and for 4 Regents I can get to Raleigh NC (which is where i'll be in a couple of weeks)
Some RL contraband (of the leafy green kind)
or 3 burgers and a large pizza...
But honestly for the cost of 16 Armitages I can acquire the parts necessary for a proper budget gaming rig that will blow what I have currently out of water, and still have enough to get my girlfriend something sexy... you know, behind closed doors
Seriously guys, stop being puppets to the great PWE. You don't need to use your money to have the bells and whistles. They're just making it so that you THINK you have to. Which by the way... Dismissing doffs for dil IS NOT AN EXPLOIT, JUST SAYING. I have no need for colonists on my ship... it is a ship of war, not a family boat lol...
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Planning to spend $35 this weekend to buy two ships just to get the weapons/consoles.
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Yea that particular example was an add-on BUT, there are 37 metric tons of games you CAN get (even more than one sometimes!) for $25.
While I don't disagree with your original post, I wouldn't say steer clear of the c-store altogether. I have paid and bought ships on there, and I've grinded dil and exchanged for others, as well as other services. The items I paid for I did so because I really wanted them as it was (Armitage and Defiant), while others I was more than happy to save up dil to convert for (, Thunderchild, TOS connie, oberth, NX, Delta Flyer, bunch of other random stuff and probably a ship or two I forgot, and the Intrepid << favourite canon ship, not the most useful in STO however)
I guess at the end of the day it depends on your personal budget and how much value these items have to you personally. But to new players, I agree with you 100% they should not go blowing their bundle on c-store items until they discover their playstyle in STO. I've heard more than once of people buying the Gal-X (which, as previously mentioned, is epic outclassed), are normally escort pilots, but bought it cuz the thing is cool lookin'.. needless to say the ship ends up getting shelved.