I guess you're right, if people want to receive the full benefits of an organized event and an acepot etc. they should become a member. People can always go shop at walmart but if they want to go to sams where they can get better bulk deals, they pay the upfront membership. I guess the TDSA is considering organized minis, course maintenance, and a schwag bag to be the benefits of the membership.
I think the whole acepot thing is pretty unnecessary, but I can see where you're coming from even if I don't agree.