This thread has run its course and contains a lot of bickering and boasting, so I'm closing it. The nature of loot boxes is defined in the description of the item - they are a chance to receive multiple different items (you never receive an empty box).

Please respect the purchase decisions of others - and for those who don't like the loot box method, some items will always be exclusive to that system but we'll continue to work on alternative methods to get cool items in TERA. We never want people to feel like they got zero reward when putting in the time, effort, or money towards enjoying the game.