So with all the vitriol about C33 lately and only the rich blah blah blah... I thought a lesson in economics would be in order...
If you are going to use C33 to its maximum, even at Platinum levels.. its a bargain. I invite members to chime in and correct me where I screw up the numbers, but it should still be close
Four Premier Annual Passes (including tax) $4445.28
10 free VIP tours per year (using $315 LOW rate and six hours per tour) $7560
Access to Club 33..(or whatever people want to refer to it as these days) priceless
Access to 1901... Priceless and then some
Invitations to member only events... Priceless and bring your check book
Bragging rights... seriously important for the insecure
50 complimentary admissions to the DLR parks... $7500
That comes out to about $19.5k in benefits. Given that annual dues are lets say $12k/yr (I have no idea if that holds true any longer). That means you are getting $7.5k of utility above your annual dues. At a $25k initiation fee, that's about four years to "Break even" if dues don't go up drastically (they'll go up some though).
Given that I'll give the mouse probably five figures of income this year (of which a few K is lodging on site)... C33 seems to make sense on paper if I'm going to exercise all the benefits.
Its no different than DVC quite frankly. The point buy-in level for GCH is astronomical and makes C33 seem like a bargain.