Ok, a quickie here. Rise of the Hutt Cartel is $19.99 if you buy it outright as a non-subscriber. As a subscriber, at $14 a month, you get it for free. Plus a stupid amount of perks. If you cancel, then you still keep the expansion.
Oh, and if you were a subscriber and bought it before August 11th, you get a title. So $10 for early access I guess.
$5 isn’t a lot of money but it’s 25% of the purchase price. On the aggregate, BioWare is either hoping people are incapable of doing math or are really hoping people subscribe and stay subscribed for some odd reason.
It’s things like this where you scratch your head and wonder what exactly the developer is trying to accomplish. Maybe that explains the new expansion (or massive patch) process.