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1-18-2012 @ 5:55PM
Fox,I'm glad you're taking on this project, and I understand there will be limitations. I'm sorry if I came off a bit negative, mostly I was hoping to address challenges, but I didn't do a good job in communicating that.In regards to:"It's somewhat similar to how the CPI addresses things like car prices. Obviously, the change in the price of a 1966 Ford Fairlane says little about what's happening with regard to inflation. So instead of following that specific car, the CPI would instead follow the average mid-sized vehicle of the current model year -- say, a 2012 Ford Taurus."Yes, that case can be made. Caution, however, should be taken because it isn't quite comparable. For as we approach the end of an expansion life cycle, both supply and demand drop off quite a bit. The fewest players are typically playing, and those who do aren't often crafting items with that expansion's mats, etc. While herb or ore or enchanting mats prices may drop by half the last weeks or months before a new expansion, the same cannot be said for new car prices right before the next model year comes out. You might get a 5% or 10% discount for a 2011 Ford Taurus as the new 2012s arrive, but you're never going to see it drop to half the week before, and to almost nothing the week after the 2012s arrive on the lot.Of course nothing in life is perfect, and I'm sure you'll do your best. I wish you the best of luck on the project. The results will be interesting to see.
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