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10-11-2011 @ 5:05PM
10-11-2011 @ 10:37PM
This pet is in no way a viable way of buying or selling enough in-game currency to be considered profitable. Somebody below said that the current amount of gold that can be bought on their server for $10 is 6.4k gold. The problem is that nobody in their right mind is going to spend that much gold on this pet, because the value of the time it takes most players to make 6.4k gold far outweighs the value of a $10 bill.Additionally, as the pet seller, you will have to list the pet on the auction house for the amount of gold you want, and pray to your preferred deity that somebody wants the pet badly enough to pay that much for it. For some reason people seem to be thinking that the pet is simply going to be a token that is worth the current market price worth of gold. But the pet is only worth something if somebody actually wants to use it.Another misconception is that this pet will somehow compete with gold sellers directly. Except that once you pay $10 for the pet, you now have to find a gold seller. That gold seller, is then going to charge you another amount of real money on top of what you just paid for the pet. In essence, you will be paying $10 more than the current market value of the gold you are trying to purchase just so you can use the pet as some sort of legitimate trade token. It is an absurd misunderstanding of economy that simply won't fly.The bottom line of this situation comes down to the value of a player's time. For a player to spend gold in game for this pet, the cost in gold of the pet must be less than the amount of gold that can be made in what a player considers $10 worth of time. Additionally, a seller must believe that he can make an amount of gold valued at greater than the amount of gold than can be made in $10 worth of the seller's time.My personal feeling is that my time is worth about $25 an hour, based on what I make at my job. That makes $10 worth about 24 minutes of my time. I don't know how much gold I can make in 24 minutes, but I'm willing to bet it's less than 200 or so. I would be crazy to spend more than 200 or so gold on the pet when I can just save my valuable time and drop 10 bucks on it.
10-11-2011 @ 11:22PM
@cmichaelcooperThere's a couple of things you are forgetting about: first, there is a demographic of people who can't or won't buy things online with real money. That demographic is very real. Selling to that demographic would work, at least in the short term, until the market is saturated. Secondly, I read and re-read your third paragraph, trying to make some sense out of it, and all I could get from it is you seem to think that once you have the non-combat pet that you then have to go to an illegal gold seller to get rid of it. This is incorrect. You put it up on the auction house like any other item in game, and hope it sells. There's an AH fee, but that's normal for all AH items.
10-12-2011 @ 8:26AM
careful man, if you don't join the masses and start screaming "THE SKY IS FALLING!" you risk getting down voted. oh noes! =) i want everyone that thinks blizz is selling gold to buy one of these pets and put it on the AH and see how much gold blizz just sold them.
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