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10-11-2011 @ 4:42PM
They want people to have an alternate way that still benefits them (Blizzard). I actually don't consider this a backdoor effort to "sell gold." It's not a very efficient way to do it...it'll only allow people to "buy gold" insofar as there is in-game demand for the pet. There will obviously be some, but not nearly enough for this to be a no-risk spigot. I can easily foresee a time, in a month or few months, where someone buys this pet from Blizzard and tries to sell it and finds it hard to do so.What this is is Blizzard's way to sell real-money pets to people who don't want to spend real money, via using an intermediary. Person A has gold and no inclination to spend real money. Person B wants gold and doesn't mind spending real money. Person B buys pet sells to Person A. Blizzard Result: Person A has pet, Blizzard has cash. It's functionally the same as if Person A just bought the pet themselves. It's clever, as it creates "customers" (in effect) among people who don't want to spend real money.
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