I might be misremembering how the game was before this update, but weren't there more things (like bait) that could be bought in the store with sand dollars? Did that change because pearls can be purchased through Itch now?
Also, does purchasing the outfit packs unlock them immediately, or do they get added to the outfit store to buy? I'm not really interested in these ones in particular, but I might like other ones down the road. I'd almost rather them get added to the outfit store, as it gives a little gameplay extension.
Speaking of which, I'm really glad there's a new character. I had a ton of fun playing this when it first came out, but I have long since unlocked or purchased everything except the prototype net (and any that come after). I thought about doing it for completion's sake, but it seemed a little silly without anything else to do with my gems and cash. I'm trying to decide if I want to just grind while watching TV or plunk down a few bucks to unlock her. I never really play games with purchase-locked gameplay elements, so my "buy once, play forever" mindset is making it hard to decide. But seeing as I got this as a bonus when buying the AGL bundle during a sale, it's the least I can do to chip in a few bucks to help keep more content coming.
Well, it looks like I answered my own question!