I don't think they even qualify as suckers.
The guy who invented it is brilliant though...
Jonathan, if your only criteria for genius is making a profit that's a very low standard. Creating wealth alone does not necessarily make somebody a genius.
I went to the "Hamsphere" website and it's clear to me that those paying the subscription fee know exactly what they're getting so my calling the creator a thief was inappropriate but I only wish the creator of "Hamsphere" had used his organizational and promotional skills to create a business which added 8,000 actual hams to our ranks. I'm not nearly as optimistic as others that "Hamsphere" will create any substantial number of new hams. I think most of the members are probably hams who can no longer build or maintain a station and that was listed as a selling point.
A group of us hams recently helped a 16 year old Technician gain access to 10 meter SSB. This young new ham became aware of amateur radio through scouting. He's an Eagle Scout and he's also involved with MRC/CERT. I think some of the tried and true recruitment methods which existed prior to the age of internet are outdated but I think scouting is still a viable way to attract new young hams.
From what I observed with this youngster, the number one impediment to gaining young new hams, aside from making the hobby known and appealing, is the cost of equipment. We had this young ham build his own 10 meter dipole under our supervision so we didn't just turn over a station without having him learn some of the basics. However, if the HF radio, power supply, as well as the parts for the antenna and ground system were not either donated or lent, the price -- even for used equipment -- would've been financially out of his reach for quite a few years.
At the other end of the demographic spectrum, the other day I spoke to an 82 year old ham who lives about 5 streets away and whom I've known for about 20 years. He took down his beam a few years ago when it was damaged during a storm and he replaced it with a dipole. As we ended the QSO I made it clear to him that if his dipole ever needs any maintenance I'd be able to get it back up and functioning for him. He said he may very well take me up on the offer and I really hope should the need arise that he does call for assistance because I know how much enjoyment he derives from the hobby.
I think it's important to recruit young hams to the hobby but at the same time I think it's important our younger hams attempt to keep the older hams on the air. I'm not talking about maintaining towers and beams but one can still have a lot of fun with a dipole and that's real amateur radio, and not a simulation.