Sounds like a win-win to me! Congratulations on making the decision. You get to retain the friendship. Doesn't sound like your friend will be losing much in terms of sales from you. Your friend gets the Spooktacular project for free, along with you (time to work on the project together!). You will now get first-hand information on what's going on with SU. You can order whenever you want. You will get discounts on your orders. I love how you came here to vent and seek advice, and you are now making informed decision.
I also think you have been toying with the idea, and just needed a little push?
Can't wait to meet you "on the other side."