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10-11-2011 @ 5:13PM
These don't work the same way as the TCG items.Those items are rare. The chances of even getting one is slim. It wasn't until several sets in did they include "uncommon" loot cards which are in 1 out of 11 boxes, and are items with uses. They aren't permanent items or pets. They use up, and then they disappear.Pulling a mount or a pet could be a 1 in 300 box thing. Then, when you get it, you might be tempted to use it because it's so rare. The bought pet isn't the same way. Everyone can get it. You can buy as many as you like, and sell them to everyone else.You get a TCG card, it's your's. It's a physical item you had to purchase, and you either got extremely lucky, or paid an assload for it. I have no problems with someone selling that. It's a single item with a value. The pet on the store is not a physical item, and it is not in limited numbers. If you could continuously pull TCG loot cards for next to nothing, and sell them, that would be different. You can sit there and buy the store pet until you run out of money.
10-11-2011 @ 5:34PM
Thank you for pointing out what should be the staggeringly obvious differences between this and the TCG stuff. I just wish it didn't need to be pointed out so very much.I salute you sir.
10-11-2011 @ 10:34PM
While true that many of the TCG pets are rare, they are also 100% attainable if you want them. You can get any of the pets, mounts or other loot cards that you want over at www.wowtcgloot.com There is enough supply out there to meet the demand, if all you want is the pet/mount/item and don't actually care about the card.The real difference here is the price. Demand for the TCG items is generally very low because the price is very high. The supply exists, but most people aren't interested in the price to get at that supply, either in cash or gold. The Guardian Cub is cheap. Thus demand for it is likely to be high. The price is actually where the TCG and Blizzard Store differ, not the availability. Of course, I can't ignore that the availability directly affects the price. That's very important. Would demand for the TCG items exceed supply if the price was dropped to $10? Probably. Though the uncommon pets certainly haven't run out and they run around $10 or cheaper.You could sit over at Wowtcgloot.com and buy pets until you run out of money, they'll be happy to sell 'em to you, just like you can the Blizzard Store. The situations are actually extremely similar. Supply actually exceeds demand in BOTH cases, it's just that demand is lower for the TCG items.
10-11-2011 @ 11:41PM
As I said, you are either going to get extremely lucky, or pay an assload.If you want to spend $5000 to make 50,000g, that's your choice.But when you place an item in the store for $10, and remove the limitations of supply (those TCG cards are limited, and the majority of them are out of print. The older they get, the more expensive they get) you get an item which is simply substituting one for another.Each time you buy a card, you remove one from circulation unless you don't use it. Eventually all of those cards will be used up unless someone is hoarding them somewhere. I don't see a problem with people selling TCG items for two reasons. 1. The items were originally BOP, and were made BOE simply to stop scamming. 2. It allows people to obtain items for gold which they may not necessarily find otherwise.There is a good chance unless you were scouring every shop that sells cards, that you would never come across a Spectral Tiger still in the package because the set is out of print, and because of the card being included in that set, most people ransacked that set. If you don't want to spend $800 on a card on eBay, you can find someone on the AH selling one for 200,000g. I am fine with this. It's an extremely limited item, and it gets the seller what they want (a massive amount of gold) and the buyer what they want (the mount.)The TCG cards are random. Unless you purchase that card specifically, you may not get one. When it comes down to an item which is purchaseable from Blizzard, in an unlimited amount, and is cheap, and can be converted directly into gold, you are indirectly buying gold.Spending $800 over and over to get gold is not feasible. No one but idiots and extremely rich people would do it. Spending $10 over and over again almost anyone can do."Hey, an item we license can be found, if you are lucky, and put on the AH and sold." and "Hey, an item you can buy from us and put on the AH and sell" are two different things.
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