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3-16-2010 @ 9:36AM
To Niiru and Ash: The author of this article is specifically talking about pricing farmed items. He doesn't discuss the time farming, or play. He is merely pointing out that if you farmed something there is a price. You should consider that price when you are using your mats, or pricing your mats to sell to someone.As an example. You want to go quest. You enjoy questing, woo hoo you sick masochist. As you are questing you incidentally farm up a couple stacks of icethorn. Now you're a scribe. We'll say for the sake of argument that icethorn is going for twice what goldclover is going for on the AH. Do you mill your icethorn, or do you post it and buy up all the goldclover? Maybe you really don't enjoy the AH, but if icethorn is selling reliably enough and you won't have to repost then it's a fairly cut and dry decision. You buy out the goldclover and sell the icethorn and mill the goldclover.Now the actual relationship is much more complex than that, if everyone took this action then herbs of a single tier would quickly equalize in price despite varied utility from alchemy. etc. etc., but the example shows what he is talking about and that it is a separate issue from doing what you enjoy doing in the game. He is talking about realistically evaluating the resources you gather while playing the game you enjoy playing. The issue of "opporunity cost" as it relates to time spent is a much thornier and more complex topic.
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