But that is under YOUR control!! Right now the only people who got in had all afternoon to sit at their computers( i.e. didn't have other commitments). A lot of people got shut out due to no fault of their own! If you raised the price to 30-50 dollars an entry and published it six months in advance....you could budget for it. If you choose not to enter because it costs too much...well that is YOUR choice and at least you were given ample chance to enter the NHC.
YOU are the one that said it was about quality. Do you want the best beers, or not? Your plan limits them.
YOU are the one that said "If you really, truly believe your beer is that good and could medal you will spend 30-50 dollars on a single entry." You didn't say some people, or most people, you lumped us all together. I really, truly believe I make multiple medal-worthy beers. I will NOT pay what you suggest. I have the money. It is beyond what I think is reasonable, thus I will not spend it. Under your plan the NHC loses my awesome beers, and is therefore of lower quality.
I knew months in advance when registration was going to start, and made sure I had no other commitments. Hey, wait, that makes it sound like I budgeted for it...