I think it honestly just depends on where you live and your lifestyle. A high cost of living area doesn’t see $100 as a lot of money compared to a low cost of living area. I’m not even joking, $100 is like 6-7 things at Whole Foods. It’s quite easy to see how your perception would be a bit warped after a while.
I’m a (former) whale. I spent too much money on PSO2, more than any other game. I was bored and I had the funds and PSO2 gave me something new and exciting to look forward to during the lockdowns. I still don’t exactly balk at the prices of NGS but I have other things that make me happier now, I can see my friends again!
I’ve made mistake after mistake in the base game. I fell for the “it’s never coming back” trap multiple times. I overpaid for things long gone, far before the first Throwback collection. I never sold anything for profit, the panic of just getting enough meseta to buy X thing made me a terrible seller. but at least it made a lot of people happy.
I don’t need a game to make me happy anymore but I’m very attached to PSO2 because of the good memories. I don’t hold the same attachment to NGS and I guess the “spell” is broken. I know things always come back, even pre-PC things now. I think a lot of buyers feel this way now, maybe a little buyer’s remorse. Maybe there’s quite a few of us taking that survey right now swallowing a bitter pill.
Right now, I own one outfit on NGS so I could have the NGS body, I just don’t really care anymore. The designs are disappointing & lazy and I’m willing to be more patient with items because like I said, they always come back.