Please focus on what you need to do, Niantic
It is acceptable for me to pay for the event and badge, although the price and the content (only the badge and 2xAP? Put at least one character into the package!!!) is definitely unacceptable. And more, the time schedule is also unacceptable.
Why we choose ingress not other GPS based game is because this is the only way to contact ingress elements. But, see what physical merchandise you are selling since Myriad? A hoodie with a logo on the front and copy and paste the xma badge on the back? With no pin, no coin or other things.
We are not complaining about paying, but we are complaining about if it worths us to pay. Think more, Niantic.