Do you really think being snide is 'being constructive"?
No actually. I thought you were just being as you say "snide"...
You may think the module was worth $30, but I can't imagine there are a lot of people who agree. Most of the comments I've seen are pretty clearly on the 'rip-off' side.
As for the value of the product. I would agree that it was produced on the cheep. As well I feel that $30 is a bit hight but not a rip off either. My biggest issue is the editing. If I were creating something to use as a tool to prime the market for future products I would go over it with a supper fine tooth comb. But that is just me.
I like the format of the module both inside the Adventure book and the Player guide. I don't mind the pre-gens not be perforated because I can copy them. I also like the folder.
But those are just my opinions and no one has to agree with me.