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7-04-2011 @ 4:23PM
Amazing article, and all too true. The scarcity of Living Embers has destroyed the market. Prior to 4.2 there were many people stocking up for the sudden increase in demand for things like Pristine Hide, volatiles, and Truegold, thinking that either A. Living Embers would be buyable with valor, or B. the Blacksmithing weapon recipes wouldn't be locked behind a month of non-stop dailies.Now that there's no NEW tier of craftable gear available to make (aside from the new pvp items, but as you said, they're barely selling) all those markets seem to be falling. Truegold has returned to its pre-4.2 speculation price and still falling, and volatiles are at an all time low. And with these once profitable items being worth far less than expected, people are unloading their 4.2 stockpiles at a huge discount, desperately trying to rid themselves of those tainted goods before the prices go even lower. And although normally those goods would be good for crafting 359 gear, Blizzard ruined that prospective market with a mix of new JP gear and extremely nice pvp weapons now available.And now with a huge influx of goods on the AH for record low prices, the average person has a much harder time making gold from the traditional source - farming. So now the average person has less income, so they buy less stuff they once did - less vanity items, less offspec gear, less gear for alts, less BoE epics. This in turn hurts the market even more on a much wider scale. By simply making the new craftable items so difficult to make (or as in the BS weapon recipes, difficult to unlock) Blizzard has undoubtedly broke the economy.The only real way I see it getting better is if Blizzard implements Living Embers buyable either via valor or a soon to be unlocked NPC in Hyjal and bought with the daily tokens. Until then, anyone hoping to make any money on the AH will be horribly disapointed.
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