I'm amazed at how many people on this forum don't understand how gold selling works. You buy the gold from a third party, but you have no idea where the gold comes from. The reputable gold sellers get their gold by buying it from other players. They pay the other player cash for their gold and then sell it to you at a markup. Most of them don't even have the teams of chinese farmers working for them that you always hear about; they're simply middle men in the process of gold selling.
Now, this is exactly like that with 2 differences. 1)Instead of any portion of the money you play going to the other player it goes directly to Blizzard and doesn't change hands after that. 2)Instead of putting a worthless item up on the AH, you're putting what's going to be a rare pet on the AH.
Finally, the price of this pet will plummet quickly on the AH due to mass sales, especially on heavily populated servers. This will be the best time to buy this pet. After the initial influx of pets on the AH, interest will peter off and you'll be left with a handful of players buying and selling the pet on the AH, probably with tons of price manipulation because people will see the real world value of the pet as the value of gold. Consequentially, after the first wave of pets onto the AH the price of the pets will stabilize around the price of gold. You'll be able to purchase the pet from the pet store and sell it for the relative value of gold minus ~5% or so counting AH cut and undercutting.
From the buyers end, this is one of the methods gold selling uses. You pay money to a third party(Blizz), you post an item on the AH(a pet), and a 3rd party buys it. Only difference is the other player doesn't get a portion of the profits, all they get is a worthless item.
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Sorry but to me this screams massively of desperation on Blizzards part to get into the gold selling before they lose all their subs (I'm not for one second saying "AMG WOW IS DYING, X IS BETTARRR!" because I don't believe that myself, but they are losing subs hand over fist). We all kinda saw this coming though after the D3 Real life money AH thing a few weeks back. Personally I find this fairly sickening and I've bought two of their pets (both for 50% to charity) but as someone said, damage is done, probably has been for a very long time.. Blizzard are just getting in on the act.
Um. Illegal gold sellers don't actually put any new gold into the game either. They either farm or steal it from other people. The WoW economy broke a long time ago, back in WOTLK, when I first reached goldcap from just reselling stuff on AH. Which basically means there was too much gold floating around.
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You know what's ridiculous? Thinking the kind of money you as an individual put into WoW, or gaming at all, is much. If it is then you should probably rethink how you're making money.
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Yes, it's good marketing and I doubt they will spend it on improving the game.
Love it that people think this isn't a big deal. Just like that ugly ass mount. It's good marketing as you said so there is no reason at all for Blizzard not to do this more often (the community proved it by buying that spectral mount, which no one uses anymore btw, and making 2.5 mil for blizzard in only 2 hours time). After a few years the online store will be full with pets and mounts you can sell ingame. Selling gear for real money is also very good marketing, as long as you can obtain it by playing the game right? It's also very casual friendly because it is far better to spend $10 on a piece of gear than raid for hours with a chance of not getting it.
If you don't see how this can impact on the game and the players you are very naive.
See they know they are wrong so they give these bullshit answers. If they wanted people to get pets without spending real money they could have just put them ingame instead of in the store.Q: Why did you decide to make the Guardian Cub tradable?Since the introduction of the Pet Store, many players have been asking for ways to get the companions we offer there without having to spend real-world cash.
And ofcourse you will have guaranteed that you will make a certain amount of money. People know what $10 is worth, it doesn't matter how ugly the pet is. Sane people don't buy 100-500 gold for $10 and sane people know that when they spend 10k-15k gold on something that is worth $10 that they made a good deal.
Those spectral tigers are rare and based on luck and I think mostly sold for real money on e-bay or something. You can't compare the two things. It's a very bad argument for what they are doing here.TCG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2), and that was and continues to be well-received, and as far as we've been able to tell hasn't had any adverse impact to the game or economy - despite them selling for sometimes astronomical amounts of gold.
Last edited by Gilian; 2011-10-12 at 08:17 AM.
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Gold selling = you pay real money ---> get solid gold.
Blizzard selling = you pay real money ----(trying to sell item on AH for days, due to colossal amount of people trying to sell it)---> get solid gold. Quite different ye ?
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Love all the QQ on "Blizzard ok's gold selling" ... So the pets/mounts you get from TCG which can be sold on the AH are the same as this pet, except you do not have to buy X packs of cards to get it ...
People who think Blizzard is allowing the gold farmers in, need to read up on blue posts before bitching....
I do agree $10 for a "one use pet" is high
It's like getting expensive items for 10 gold or none at all and selling them for 10k gold. How does this not equal buying gold? There is only one step put between, like that makes everything fine...