I feel a need to reply to your siggy (this one
I don't know which if any GSes have made the comment you allege would be a characteristic reply from most GSes, but it's not
my reply. I agree
that the bonus AP given for buying AP now is somewhat disappointing
. I can check my records and see that I got 60 bonus AP for buying a $20 Aeria Fun Card this month, and then go look back in my history and see that I got 400 bonus AP in August of 2010 for buying a $20 Aeria Fun Card (I've bought quite a few; these are merely examples to illustrate the point). From a marketing perspective, this seems to have been ill-advised. If it had to be changed at all (personally, I would have been happy to continue getting 400), the direction chosen was the wrong one (i.e., if they were going to change it, an increase would have made more sense simply as an incentive to buy, and AP is even less of an example of "inherently valuable capital" than paper currency backed by nothing but some government's fiat; "hard money" economies contribute to recessions and depressions, so I can't see how creating a "hard AP" economy is going to help Aeria to earn any more
profit -- the same goes for increased IM prices, in that they only add to the sense of futility on the part of those who would like to purchase and get something more out of their purchase).