I can agree with this. I bought a couple of the picks for my guys because the animation amused me and for the convenience factor (I don't play nearly enough to make the cost/benefit really work out in a money sense).
I don't really gamble in real life except on those 600 million dollar jackpots and even then only a couple bucks. Spending real money on a chance at a skin in a game or whatever for one of my guys is just dumb to me. I'd be much more likely to buy a few skins for 400-800 gems. As it is I won't spend a penny on box with a 1% chance at some 1 use item. Hell, I won't even spend in game gold on that B.S.
Hopefully others share this view, because if Anet see the results they want it probably won't change. No skin off my back I guess, I want to support them through the gemstore but only if there's something there I actually want. Just save me money if they go the rng route.
Oh yeah, and farming karka endlessly for a small chance at a box with a small chance at an item? no thanks