Many players will soon not be able to buy them with silver coins !
so many players will have to stop playing ...
I pity the new players.
Focus on your challenges and your focus usage. The challenges especially are a boon to new and casual players. They are essentially a wealth transfer from the more hardcore players to the casual ones. Specifically the potions, scrolls, tomes and mounts. If you get the weekly chest and the monthly mount, and are willing to sell the contents and the mount, you have nearly paid for your premium already. Hit your daily bonus 3 times a week as fast as you can and then just play the rest of the time normally. The chests are 250-300k pretty regularly, and the mount gets you most of the rest. Your focus should be able to generate the rest of the silver you need, even if you are just growing carrots.
It sort of sucks that you don't get to use the stuff yourself, but for some people its a pretty easy sacrifice for maintaining premium. Getting off the month to month premium renewal is also a huge benefit with Gold/Silver inflating. Try and scrape together enough silver to pay for 3 months at a time, and you end up with more silver to spend yourself in the long run.
I'm not the worlds biggest fan of leash mechanics in games, but the ones in AO are sort of trivial to complete as long as you have a plan, and the rewards are better than in most games to.
Demon Lord - UwU