Especially since this was the solution to “a motherboard just died and Carolyn needs a usable computer RIGHT NOW. This computer isn’t usable. How do I fix it in 5 minutes and $0?”
The $0 part being the main lynchpin. If you have to pay for ram to speed up your computer, you save time by the computer being sped up, but you waste time by working to earning the money. In this case, with a computer that gets an average of 1 day a year’s use, we’d never regain, via computer speedup, the time spent earning the money to pay for ram in the first place. And then there’s the whole “we only use this 1 day a year” [except this year].
And then there’s the whole non-infinite-pile-of-money situation. But hey…. Some people like paying extra for the same thing. I call them Apple users. ;) And it’s not like software cracks aren’t widely available, either ;)