For me it is the inherent contradiction… spend $800 (plus logistics) to talk about the PF greatest hits of: frugality, saving money, index funds, budgeting, savings rate, blah blah.
It is the same contradiction that the hugely successful blogs manage to overcome, yet leave me wondering how I could reconcile the hypocrisy of preaching about the key to success being “not buying crap you don’t need” while at the same time heavily promoting a Bluehost/Personal Capital/[insert your favourite affiliate programme here] commission paying product/service that the audience genuinely doesn’t need. To be honest I’m not entirely sure here whether I’m judgemental or just jealous!
If it was billed as a great excuse to drink some great beers in the sunshine with like minded folks, meet the faces behind the pseudonyms, or take 10 years off the path to early retirement then I’d probably be tempted. Possibly more so with a “free Plutus award with every Pro ticket purchase” side offer… but probably not.