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10-11-2011 @ 4:31PM
I think this is a test ... it isn't the test that Blizzard claims it is, however.It tests this theory... how low can you force the value of gold to real currency exchange and combat gold selling. Gold selling does hurt blizzard it costs them manpower and manpower is expensive. Manpower to fix exploits and return stolen items.The gold seller has to sell gold cheap enough that you can easily buy the pet by buying their gold rather than buying this pet directly.If the pet sells for XYZ gold, then you have to be able to buy XYZ gold for less than $10 otherwise, you could buy the pet and sell it for XYZ gold.If XYZ is HIGH like 40,000 gold... this means that $10.00 from a gold seller has to get you more than 40,000 gold.I have no idea how much gold sellers sell gold for... but this definitely puts a squeeze on them and I think that is what Blizzard is testing.
10-11-2011 @ 4:50PM
What if it goes in the opposite direction?So many people with $10 spare, but who don't want to buy gold from gold sellers, buy the pets, and list them on the AH, that the price drops to 5000g per pet? Or even more extreme 1000g per pet?Blizzard have then made 1000g worth $10, or 5000g worth $10 etc etc etc
10-11-2011 @ 4:54PM
That's the issue though- the prices are way out of whack for this to have any impact on gold sellers. From all I can tell on Orgrimmar trade chat, $10 will get you around 10K gold. There is no way in Firelands that this pet will reach equilibrium at 10K gold- meaning that buying gold is actually going to continue to be more cost-effective than selling this guy to the people who have that goal.
10-12-2011 @ 9:02AM
Then, what this does is encourage people to buy gold and get the pet cheaper.
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