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9-19-2011 @ 10:36PM
It's an interesting quandary. Certainly prices are too damn high on the AH.But I don't think that gold sinks are the best way.I think Chilton has it right. A gold sink which affects everyone will hurt those who have less than 1000g a lot more than the person with 1 million gold (or whatever the cap is). If it doesn't affect everyone and isn't necessary, it won't be effective because people can opt not to buy it..One problem is that certain mats are hard to get and necessary. The gatherer, for example charges a lot and the crafter charges more to make up for his expense. The buyer needs more gold to buy the item.Now, what if Blizz removed the binding on Chaos orbs? What if they increased the amount of leather which could be skinned? Increased the amount of volatiles that dropped?I think things would get more affordable on the AH.
9-20-2011 @ 2:38AM
I actually agree with this. Compared to BC and Wrath, the drop rates on cloth and elementals is insanely low, which means that they're going to be expensive. Increase the supply, and the cost will go down.They should also probably increase the spawn rate on BC and Wrath ore and herbs. Cata gatherables are relatively abundant; saronite is more expensive than elementium on my server, and fel iron even worse.
9-20-2011 @ 3:15AM
Yeah, on my JC, when I recently made the transition to the Cataclysm level skill, I sold my old items I had left over and didn't give skill ups. Gems from Vanilla and TBC, and ore from TBC and WOLK.I was surprised to see how much rival items were and how fast my (slight) undercuts were snapped up.Which goes to show that if Blizz improved some drop rates slightly, they could probably deflate the market somewhat.
9-20-2011 @ 5:43AM
"A gold sink which affects everyone will hurt those who have less than 1000g a lot more than the person with 1 million gold (or whatever the cap is). If it doesn't affect everyone and isn't necessary, it won't be effective because people can opt not to buy it.."So long as some people opt to buy it, it will have served its purpose. Earlier, there was a comment suggesting that they could add a new faction to the game that you could only raise by "donating" gold to. Rewards would include titles, mounts, or other nonsense vanity items. All they'd have to do is make one of the rewards a full on BoA banker uniform (after donating a million) and they'd have almost total buy-in from the auctioneers.
9-20-2011 @ 10:49AM
Perhaps we're looking at the concept of inflation in WoW with different ideas in mind.My thinking on inflation comes from the fact that things in Cataclysm seem to be much more expensive on the AH then they were in previous xpacs in relationship to gold earned. The result is an upward spiral on prices which tend to leave the poorer players (1000g or less) affected worse than the people with 10,000+.I don't think a new gold sink will eliminate that problem. In such a case, people who want the new gold sink will try to put AH items up rather than down.This is the problem I was addressing. If you have a different problem in mind, then my suggestion would of course fall short of solving that problem.
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