Throwback characters in Store
The cool thing about collecting character badges to me was that they were difficult to find and some are rarer than others. When you see someone with a Klue 15, OLW 15 or PAC15 you know they either attended the events, are an old school player, made a lot of trades etc get their hands on them.
For me I had to travel half way across the country and follow the van to win my Klue 15 at one stat contest, play my heart out and win another stat contest at the next city to win OLW. 15. I had to search thru the forest in camp Navarro in hopes of finding my klue 16 in a dead drop. I had to trade 6 characters to get my hands on PAC 15. Now Niantic decides to just give OLW 15, Hank 15 and other rare characters in the store for profit?
This totally killed collecting characters for me. There used to be swag pick ups and planning to collect all of the badges and cards, you had to network and find someone in that country to get you the code/card you wanted and in return you may pick up a code for them at your location. Swag trading was one of the things I enjoyed the most about ingress but now it's completely dead. All the chats have gone quiet nobody trades anymore, there's no physical cards anymore, now you get a silly digital kit at an increased price. There's no stories of how you acquired such a rare code, The actors aren't even the same people anymore. Why not create new badges for the store to make money, not turn the characters that many of us worked hard to get into a click of a button.
Tldr; I WoRkeD sO hArD tO gEt ThAt ChArAcTeR wHy ArE yOu GiViNg iT aWaY iN ThE StORe.