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10-11-2011 @ 4:14PM
"It's potentially worth noting that no new gold is being introduced into the game's economy with those mounts or the new Guardian Cub pet."No, it's not 'worth noting', it's utterly disingenuous to suggest that "merely allowing people to buy something for which people can give them gold", is something more than a trivial difference from actually selling gold for $ yourselves.The only question remaining is the economic question of what people are willing to pay. Given the massive amounts of gold floating around the WoW economy (some people have millions), that number will likely float to 5+ digits early, and settle in the low 4-digit numbers, depending on the server.Shark+Jump.
10-11-2011 @ 4:48PM
The distinction is neither trivial nor disingenuous. Selling gold requires Blizzard to create it from thin air, which increases a server's monetary base and causes inflation. By selling a commodity that can be traded, the monetary base is not increased and inflation does not occur. There is a big difference between a transferring wealth and printing money.
10-11-2011 @ 5:04PM
There is a very important distinction here.When buying gold from shady third-parties: you pay cash, you get a pre-defined amount of gold.When buying a tradeable pet-store pet: you pay cash, you get an item of undefined in-game value.Blizzard is not selling gold. This is not fundamentally different than going to ebay, buying a bind on use item with real money, and selling it in game for gold. The only distinction is the theoretically unlimited supply, which will only serve to lower prices.As to your speculation of in-game value, I strongly doubt that many (if any) will pay 5 figures for this pet. I'd imagine within a week or two, the price will decline drastically.
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