Pay to advance crafting... when did this happen?
If you take a look at the weekly store sales page: https://www.lotro.com/en/lotrostoresale .. you might notice the item 'Complete Crafting Tiers'. I was never aware this was available until now and trying to find it in the store on a VIP character met with no success. I am led to believe that this is a new item.
So perhaps the slippery slope of pay-to-win is sliding just a bit. I realize the producers and developers may not view crafting and the player economy it brings as a core element of the game, but many do. I would have to admit that that includes me.
How long before 'tired of questing? .. adjust your character to level x for only y tp'. Don't kid yourselves. UO did this many years ago after the grindy nature of the aging game was perceived as a barrier to entry.
Perhaps this has been around for a bit and I was just unaware of it.