As far as I understand what I'm reading the only people that benefit from paying LL the $72 for old price this year is any accounts due between 3rd & 24th June this yr. For me my account is due after so will get hit with the $99.
Since I'm not from USA that means my SL bill will cost me almost double now because I use the stipend to help pay my tier & without a 37.5% increase to stipend to match the account increase this means I will have to choose where my money will go. I pay almost $1.50 of my currency for every US$1, that is before any country banking conversion fees or LL fees getting money into SL & then also the extra to convert the L$ back into US$ so LL can take it when it is due has been added on top the amount needed to pay the final bill.
This increase of US$27 will cost me approx $71 extra from my pocket before any extra for fees from anywhere has been added & there is no extra benefits to offset the cost. At moment I'm wondering do I sell or abandon land I live on & pay LL premium account to live on the free 1024sq mainland or go to free account & invest my money into SL directly & live under a bridge.