I totally agree with you and the OP. The advantages of a membership are very meager and getting less and less worthwhile. A further thing I find extremely unfair (and thus typical for SOE) is that you lose your 500 SC a month if you cancel your subscription preemptively. So say I subscribe now for 6 months but after 2 months I don't feel like playing any more and cancel my sub (so I don't forget and get hammered by SOE once my subscription runs out) then I lose the remaining 2000 SC because during those 4 months I wasn't a subscriber any more - even if I already paid for the 4 months and all the membership advantages in advance. This, to me, is stealing. It's also seemingly impossible to cancel your subscription without losing at least 500 SC. If you cancel your sub 1 day before it runs out (so it doesn't automatically refresh) then you won't receive your last months 500 SC because you were not subscribed at the time when your sub was due for a refresh. And if you don't cancel your sub before getting the 500 SC then it's already too late to cancel and you are stuck paying for an extra month (for which you, again, won't receive your 500 SC). This all seems very clumsy and isn't properly documented anywhere. It just seems so overly greedy (not to mention petty). SOE is just a really terrible company to do business with when it comes to... well... pretty much anything.