I agree most of the paid services are totally optional (I disagree on char transfer, because when I moved to a full realm, everything became better so it is a clear advantage). I want to make a point however that lvl 90 char boosting can actually be an advantage over other players in regard of professions and making gold. Of course very few people will boost 3,4+ characters only for professions, but it is a possibility.
As to the concept I outlined putting value to my time when I am enjoying myself. It is a fairly common way to look at time, and if you can look at you time has always having a dollar value it changes the way you look at each activity, ie watching 3 Harry Potter films back to back, if you did it because someone else was having fun and you didn't enjoy that time, essentially you gave that person $63 of your time. Now if you choose to spend that time yourself, that was the cost of the films and your time, the next question becomes did you get ~$85 dollars worth of entertainment. I would say you did if you were happy afterwards.
Leveling use to be worth the time spent because I enjoyed it, sadly after 5 play-troughs I tend to feel my time is best spent elsewhere. Since the leveling game is no longer interesting and is a waste of my time, and I can put a value on that time.
Wow, I cant believe what I am seeing here!
if 60 bucks breaks you, you shouldn't be playing wow anyway, second, level the damn toons, you don't have to buy them! Is it unfair that some can afford it? Nope, hell Im buying 2 90s when it comes out because I am to fin lazy!
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people that complain about WoW prices must have never wasted $100 at a bar. I need to check myself before I wreck myself.
as a new player to WoW and a college student, I too agree that the 13 a month isn't too much to ask!