But seriously, OP has it right, anyone who disagrees is on the payroll. Simple as that.
Whilst I do happen to think that the OP makes a fair point, the fact remains that we are discussing an OPTIONAL purchase. This isn't even a new ship we're discussing - it's a uniform - a basic enhancement that doesn't add anything to gameplay beyond the cosmetic element. It's hardly an essential purchase - and that's the point; NOTHING in the lobi store/C-store/Dilithium store is - they're all OPTIONAL purchases, some of which enhance gameplay, others add a cosmetic element to ships/characters etc.
Furhtermore, I don't happen to think that basically saying "myself and the OP and right and you are wrong, and if you disagree your opinion is biast and therefore worthless" is very productive either.
I also seem to have wasted zen on that EC cap thingy, for it is impossible it seems to collect even 1 million EC
Some time ago, SB24, second place = purple phaser console = >1 million EC
Yesterday, SB24, first place = purple phaser turret = >1 million EC
...and that's not even counting various stuff from doff assignements, random loot, sold doffs from fleet starbase, etc.
So, yeah, its definetly possible to collect 1 million EC.
Question is -- how they manage to get 200-300 mil to buy bugships? But that's another story...