Yes, Blizzard is being greedy
No, blizzard is justified in doing so
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I guess I would just sum up my opinion on the matter from a business oriented position.
Business is about making money. All of them. not a single one puts your interests over their profits.
Is milking money (aka profiting) from server transfers bad business?
Well, if it was bad business (i.e., its hurting their profit) then it wouldn't be happening. So I would say no, absolutely not bad business, because they are clearly generating plenty from it or they wouldn't be doing it anymore.
Now, from a customer standpoint, does it suck? yeah it really does. 55 bucks for a server/faction transfer combo? yikes. Considering they can complete it in minutes it seems like its just shifting around some 0's and 1's. BUT, as much as it sucks, I have yet to meet a person who has gone "Wow, its so much to transfer my character to a new server. I QUIT!"
Most would just re-roll...
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I didn't vote...I'm torn.
I believe they have every right to make people pay for server transfers if people are willing, however I think the cost for a server transfer is too high and that they may be taking advantage of people on lower population servers.
I've been on the same server ever since I started playing right before BC launched...back then it was a healthy, active server but over the years it has dwindled away to almost nothing. Many people have left. I myself faction changed as the population imbalance was just too much to deal with but I just haven't been able to bring myself to leave my server. That being said, even being on a low population server with a huge population imbalance and people pleading with Blizzard to offer free transfers or merge the servers or do something about it, the only change was Blizzard opening the server as a "New Player" server on the alliance side. It really didn't bring in that many new people and the server still suffers from a population issue.
I honestly think if they were to lower the price of their server transfers they might be way more profitable for them as people would be willing to spend more to move all their alts somewhere else.
You sir, appear to either be enthralled by Blizzard so thoroughly it's affecting your reasoning, or maybe you're just astroturfing for them.
I can't vote in this poll because the right option isn't there. Blizzard is 100% justified in charging for xfers, but they could easily give 1 free xfer per month to each account as other games have begun doing.
They're greedy for providing a service that some want? You have a choice to not use it.
Knee-jerk defense? Really? I refuse to insult you or attack you personally, as that would lose me the arguement, but you seem intent on attacking based on no facts at all. Just a driving desire to attack.
Fact is and remains, its a service they provide, its not required, not in the least.
Insults and no data, yes... exactly, you've provide a myriad of insults and you've provide no data. Show your data, and I mean data, not opinions or claims that are not based in fact.
And you've yet to provide a single FACT in your attacks, just expectations and demands and attacks.
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Your actions; dropping points that both of us have made, missing or reinterpreting points made clearly earlier in the thread (such as turning a reduced xfer cost for a limited time into "FREE" transfers), getting personally offended when your bias is pointed out - all of these seem to be the actions of someone who is more interested in making sure that people don't think too much about the fact that Blizzard charges $25 for an automated process that their own failures at server management provide a very strong incentive for players to use. Milking money (which is what Blizz is doing and while you've tried to justify it, you certainly haven't tried to argue that it's anything else) from your own customers is unethical.