Lets get a nice collection of how people feel about this.
I’m leaning more towards being against the idea of getting better armor via RL money. I believe everyone should have to hunt for BPs and research items the same as anyone who paid nothing. Given how much concept art is available for different Rust clothing/armor, I think there is still a lot of potential for strictly cosmetic changes to armor. For example, you pay $X.xx so that your metal chest plates have a pink hello kitty on them. In this scenario, you still have to find the blueprint for metal chestplate in game, however, once you do, the cosmetic change is applied.
However, if Facepunch’s intention is to convert ALL items and their BPs to this new system; (e.g. you find a landmine BP in one server and it works in all others) then I think the best way to set it up would be for the blueprint to need to be learned before you can buy ‘cosmetic changes’. In this situation, if you find your first AK BP, suddenly in the “Rust Store” you can purchase different AK skins that were ‘greyed out’ before (to allow for window shopping ) or make them purchasable immediately without unlocking the actual BP in game.
So guys, thoughts?
P.S. Lets keep in mind that purchasing BPs will mess with the drop rate ‘economy’.