Put things into perspective
To put the stone of experience that everyone is in uproar about into perspective lets look at the other xp giving items that have been sold in the store:
Originally Posted by noinfo
30% xp pot ~ 1,313,550 xp value for a 3+ life
20% Tome of learning ~875,700 xp for a 3+ life, this doesn't even include the +50% first time boost it gives
Stone of Experience ~ 2,040,000 xp value for 3+ life.
Lets not even talk about the bravery bonus that is only available to TR's and those that P2P (either VIP's or chimes from the store)
So, yes it is of greater value than what was already being sold, but it is not like Turbine hasn't been selling xp int he store for a while. Personally I agree that the stone of experience does great harm to a new player, and think a good change would be to make it only work on lives 2-n (yes I know vets make new toons too, but really how hard is it to level through a first life). While I think that would be a good change, I am not going to lose sleep over it -- I'm just going to accept that there will be a lot of new lvl16's that will need a lot of help learning the game.
From a P2W standpoint the adventure packs and epic destinies are the greatest contributor to it. Without loot that is only available in P2P packs/expansions and epic destiny's your not going to do too well at end game. Someone paying to skip a few hours of leveling (all the stone of experience is) is only buying a convenience item.. the person having access to all the adventure packs and Epic destinies is buying a huge advantage.
So it is great that everyone can get self-righteous over a few levels, but from a rational standpoint your arguments are hollow.
Now I do believe there is a red line, however; bug fixes sold in the store (additional /stuck's per day) and/or items of extreme power that could not be found from questing, would fit that description for me. We are already close on the second one (+2 tomes of fate and the Elite Spider Clut Mask) and I hope never to see the first.
At the end of the day, this is a business, and they will do what they can to make money. We all should be supportive of that because, without revenue, there is no bug fixes, no new content, no game.
So please everyone, yell, scream, rant - get it out of your system... just realize that unless you have never purchased a xp elixir, never used a tome of learning, not maintained a BB streak, not used epic destinies, or any gear from content that is not F2P -- your just being hypocritical.