What a horrible idea, and what a way to get rid of your customers turbine!
Listen up everyone, if this continues this will be the model for the future for this game. i'm sure we will see in the future for both pet & ITEMS alike...*sigh*
I can't tell you how much this "Mystery Basket" upsets me. now, i'm going to talk a little about pets & the "Mystery Box" because I'm an individual that collects the pet companions. As a collector I have yet to get all 6 even with spending over 4k TP. Now, you why does this concern you? Because this is just the beginning, unless turbine stops this nonsense now.
What they have done with the "Mystery Box" is provide 1 of 6 random items(pets), and with different rarities at the same cost as having you choose what you want or pay more for a purchased bundle. Now, to also show some of the past prices i want to look at pet pricing... for example cheapest pet is 195 TP, the most (except special ones part of expansions etc.) is the beholderlings at 495 TP, the nice "Mystery Box" is 395. Its fine if you only want 1 of the 6, but if your a collector which many people are it causes a problem. Now, think of this like your equipment (which more and more are becoming BTC). If you wanted a particular item/pet not a common one, you'll be buying items to put up on the AH or shard exchange because there is no use having multiples of this pet/item. This actually becomes a huge money sink with no guarantees for anyone that wants a set.
So far i'm only understanding Turbines logic as "Well, just by it from the AH"... the thing is, there not all the same chances for getting them so you can expect the rare ones not to be there. Yet alone, someone has to buy it do you really think the Rare ones will ever be on the AH? if you don't believe me have fun with this new pet mystery box they have. So here is a way to support people that don't want to drop a dime on the game so you can spend your money for items to put on the AH because you can't use them. Not like you really have a choice to buy what you really wanted anyways.
I worry that turbine will not respond favorably to the user base that is actually spending money on the game but rather to expect them to justify it and tell us that this is what everyone wants. How about this for a thought, just increase the flat fee for NEW VIPs and stop trying to soak us for more money with your different schemes.