you have a very good point laz, and one I have been thinking of hard right from the start!
your totally right: "why would some one join the VIP area (which incidently we need to keep this site up) if there are to many free tutorials?
well this is how I see it:
We do the free ones in the hope that guys like you would become as interested in Maya as myself and a lot of othere guys are...
Then we hope that the persone may think "i need more!!!!!"
"dam ..that site gives sooo much that Im going to help it survive without nasty banners and pop ups... so Ill join the VIP area, not only will I accelerate my learning but I will also help the site"
kinda sarcastically put ...but true
But it is a point that goes through my head each time I release a new freebie ... but I think we need at least a couple of quality freebies in each section. For instance, there needs to be a more advanced tutorial in each section