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8-01-2011 @ 2:04PM
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Say that this happens, and the gold AH ends up like WoW's neutral AH. (ie. Mostly empty.)With the option to sell items for a cash balance on your Battle.net account, and then buy gold from people on the cash AH, you've simply changedItems > GoldintoItems > Cash balance > GoldThe economy fluctuates a little more, but anyone who simply wants to sell their stuff to get gold only has one more step to bounce through, with the end result being the same.Additionally, in your scenario the people using the market to convert gold to cash are no different from how they are today, save that there are consequences for abusing the system. Item doesn't sell? You just lost your cash deposit. Someone undercuts you because you priced too high? You can buy it out (and risk having more unsold inventory) or leave it (and risk having yours not sell as the market drops.)It's not going to change the so-called gray market OR the in-game economy significantly. The change is that savvy people will sell their gold and items to earn a cash balance that their subscription is paid from, gray-market transactions will be less attractive (because a matching equivalent in-game is safer)... and stolen credit cards will be much trickier, as Blizzard can use a verification process to control who can cash out.
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