Yes it is, and seeing though someone who plays the game a lot, you can easily get to 35 without buying tiers, easily, the only thing youd be buing is getting the items sooner than others.
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I think its a bug, I presume they will fix it as a lot of Genuine People, who spent their hard earned cash to buy in game items, that liquidated their cheapest AC items into Recycling Badges to save storage space will be affected.
Cofy and Crem would have been better.
So glad it worked.. Enjoy the perks hope you spread the world if a topic like this comes up again, and tell your friends if they in same boat.
A lot of misinformation going around about it, glad you were able to confirm it works on phone as I havent tried that and I can also share this information