I will NOT pay one cent for anomaly entrance ticket.
Niantic events are not always free, I know that. I'm also not new to paid events: having joined OCF 1 time, GORUCK Stealth 3 times, NL1331 around 15 times, Mission Day 32 times, I know that the "free" game is not indeed free: paying for transportation, for meals, for accommodations, for official and nonofficial swags, etc.
But not for a non-free anomaly ticket without free option.
I pay for what I think it's worthy to be charged. I pay when I think the charging policy is fair. I pay for Mission Day Swag because the orgas have volunteered much time for our players. I pay for NL1331 swags because they are not-so-common souvenirs that I would like to collect some. I pay for GORUCK Stealth because that's what the game and GORUCK worth, I pay for OCF because that's a small donation required and I accept.
And I even paid for anomaly swags, because they are -- even if I think a bit overpriced -- collectible for a special event that brings me beautiful remembrance.
What kind of remembrance? The battle, the win and loses. To cooperate with team leads. To be team leads and train yourself to be responsible as part of a faction. To know a new city and getting around with all strange things. To get together with old and new friends all over the continent and have fun! That's the joy of joining an anomaly that attracts me. And for that I would also like to add a few priced things, so that long after the anomaly is over, still something in my drawer will remember me that precious friendship.
And now things are completely upside down. We don't join anomalies for that in-app badges, we come for ourselves. And an entrance ticket with price blocks our friends who are just coming outside the game, and ruins that experience. And just compare how hard the orgas have volunteered on the preparations without being paid, how they strive to collect necessary fund for everything to happen, does not anyone think it's tasteless to harvest from such a user base whilst Niantic itself having already found lots of other means of earning money?
I will not, and NEVER, pay one cent to that entrance ticket. I would rather give that money to a Ruck-the-Box or OCF, even having already bought a stealth ticket, but NEVER FOR AN ANOMALY ENTRANCE TICKET.