Or are the "premium" benefits (tells and gold storage and whatnot) worth it? Or must you use your VIP code from the boxes *before* you create an account (IE can't be applied to an already existing account?)
PS - 400 turbine points costs $7.00 at the Turbine Store. $3.00 for a month of VIP comes with 500 turbine points, plus the benefits of unrestricted play for 30 days! That seems like an ultra-sweet deal to me!