Who gives a damn if freemium players have to pay $10-$15 bucks for armor sets and color crystals. Serves them right for not subbing.
Subscribers won't have to pay anything to get those items. They can easily save up their monthly stipends and get anything they want for free.
Yeah, but saving up is gonna take a very long while.
And nobody said that CC items will not be seasonal! This is always an option. Before you save up for what you want it might be gone. That's how they might want to players to quickly buy CCs instead of saving up.