Plex has the same value of “being bought either on market or with RL money”. I mean, just because it’s not plex does not mean it’s not real money, because in the end it needs real money somewhere to be bought. So it does not “obscure” anything, it’s very clear that real money is required to create an offer.
I agree that it’s not a trade, but a raffle, just because CCP wants to use the incorrect term does not change what it is. I agree that calling it “trade” in the article, when it’s actually a raffle, is dishonest from CCP but that’s not the issue here.
The issue is that functionally it’s the same as plex, and later it will have to be removed, just like the aurum. I think it’s worth spending another week on the feature, to remove the parts that will later create issues (the hypercore).