I think paying for mods is wrong. Look at the backlash Bethesda got with that Creation Club garbage.
I thought not only was it illegal for people to be tampering with games (with the exception of modding PC games) but illegal to make people pay for mods for the publishers game.
Whilst on the topic of this, I'd personally like to thank those with the bottomless wallets who pay for these things and secretly distribute it for the rest of us free of charge. Your monetary sacrifices will never be forgotten.