Just a general comment about this topic. I can't imagine a town being 'cheaper'. Not only for the unfair factor.
We had to pay 900k and 5500 per plot, and another million for resources and time building etc.
But another person can spend a small amount to skip those steps and end up with no effort, all the benefits AND the residents ..
If a town is abandoned the residents should be contacted ahead of time that they can move to a move active town, before the staff takes the town out of equation. This way we end up with active towns with active residents.
Why would I spend an average of 3 million to get a town, plots, resources, residents, build spawn, roads, grinders, outposts, etc. But someone else can just get it for free, for less than this 3 million average? Makes no sense to me.