While I agree to an extent (Trion is a fairly large company, and should be able to develop the game with out all the buy-ins) I do like that they are giving people the ability to access the game early. Yes, there are a lot of crashes, but the developers are also very active, and are actually listening to the community.
I currently have two extra alpha keys for this game, and would like to give them out here. If you were interested in the game, but didn't want to spend any money on it, nows the time. The best part? Once you are in you are in for life, no more having to buy anything.. Beta starts on the 25th, so nows a good time to get familiar with it, before everything gets wiped..