Aug 8th 2011 4:18PM I think you're underestimating the impact on the demand side. While you are surely right that the legit marketplace would bring in new sellers ("some 15-year-old in Ohio, a mother of four in San Diego, and some dude in Pennsylvania who lives in his mother's basement"), it also would bring in new buyers. Imagining that we are talking about WoW rather than Diablo, I think many raiding guilds with adult professional members would find it highly desirable to pay cash for consumables rather than having to farm them. I think the real-cash prices for consumables that must be farmed through raiding (ie Maelstrom crystals) would be sustainably quite high, as the marginal cost of product is the hourly labor wage rate of the people with the capability to get them, divided by the average drop rage.
One of the things I observe is that today, it's impossible for anyone to pay more than $15 a month to Blizzard (legimitely) to enhance their raiding experience, and I know there are many many raiders with the financial ability to pay significantly more. I think this factor is the single biggest inflow into a real-cash marketplace, and it could just get split up among relatively few farmers per server.
Jan 21st 2011 11:38AM I think this would be a very bad idea. In fact, I think they should triple the drop rate of +Int mail items in all instances.
- Huarmamuaala (resto / elem shaman)
Nov 30th 2010 11:31AM I've found the same problem (leveling past the quest content using dungeons) on my gnome disc priest. For Catacylsm, where I plan to level a worgen bear tank, I will probably turn off XP gain from time to time while I tank low-level dungeons.
Oct 26th 2009 2:26PM @Andrew:
Imagine how those Worgen players are going to feel when they get to Level 18 and Duskwood....
Feb 9th 2009 8:35AM I think the fall of Gnomeregan makes a good backstory for a gnome rogue. When your home is taken over by bigger, stronger, more numerous bad guys (apparently at least partly as an inside job), fighting back directly is folly.
No, instead, you take to the shadows. You train. You wait. You train some more. And maybe along the way you discover an exceptional talent, and a bigger purpose than reclaiming Gnomeregan.
Nov 8th 2007 3:42PM The Captured Servant of Azora.
He sells level 20 cloaks, and has been captured by Blackrock orcs in the SE Redridge Mountains. He's happy to buy and sell stuff, doesn't seem at all concerned by his situation.