EPE has never had that option, they can not sign a deal for 5 years of films by Elvis, or for live appearances in Vegas in which Parkers side deals help line his pockets....they can not go to RCA and set up a recording session for a new album or single which will help line their pockets, they can not sell the future artist royaltees for 90% of all recorded material by Elvis and walk away with as much money (if not more as some report) as Elvis himself did.
EPE came into existence partially because of the type manager Parker was-I can not stress this enough....the probate judge looked at years of contracts between Elvis, the Col and RCA, movie deals, and Vegas deals and he saw the Col playing both sides of the deck in all areas...he saw conflict of interest in every case and he ordered the estate to sue Parker to get his fat fingers out of the estates pie.
Parker at first tried to claim they could not sue him, because he was not a US citizen-now come on Brian isn't that the height of hypocrisy and almost funny....he hides for years that he is not an American-but claims in court he is not an American to keep his money train rolling.
EPE does not have a live Elvis to fall upon, they do not have huge film income to rely upon, they do not have huge artist royaltees for 90% of the catalogue (they do have publishing income but it pales to the amount they should have got over the last decades in artist royaltees) they just had the likeness of Elvis. Thats what was left and thats what they marketed ......in ways that average fans could afford...things people buy.
IF people did not buy these things-they would not be sold, so there are fans who want these things (I am not one-I collect music,films, books)
No one forces anyone to buy anything-its a personal decision.
I do not like everything EPE sells, very little actually-BUT the difference between my opinion about this and you is I understand why they had to proceed like this.
I really think that in the last 15 years they have worked much harder at trying to do things that showcase Elvis's talent more and more....but buying and planning say the 68 Special in whole "did not come cheap", nor the Aloha Special...and in order to have the money to do things such as this-they have to sell the trinkets and tickets to Graceland.
Thats just the way it is, Elvis did avoid confrontation-but if he had stood up more and kept his finances in better shape...things may have been much different after his death...
Is EPE at fault for the circumstances that existed after his death?, is Lisa? No