As we say goodbye to General Summer’s Sale, and hello to PWI Genesis, Gold prices have plummeted and cash-shop merchants have begun gearing up to start collecting their profits.
At some point I’m sure I’ll get around to actually trying out the new content, but priority #1 should always be investment, since it’s always more fun to play when you can afford to do anything you want.
So let’s start by looking at what has happened to Gold. Other than a few people wanting to get new Genesis fashion and Earthguard kites, buy offers in the Auction House have become practically non-existent, and it’s likely that Gold prices will continue to fall over the next couple of days.
The real question now is whether more Token Pack sales are around the corner. My suspicion is that PWI will hold off on such sales for at least another month or so, and simply let the draw of the new update generate income on its own. Token Packs are still available, after all, and they do appear to be selling, so there’s no real need to have another sale.
However, would I be willing to bet on this? Nope. While I won’t be rushing to convert all my assets into Gold in hopes of another Token Pack sale, I’m not going to stop buying Gold either. As soon as I see Gold prices begin to stabilize (ie. Buy offers roughly equaling Sell offers) over the next week or so, I will start buying.
Meanwhile, as Gold prices continue to fall, more and more F2P players have begun opening Token Packs again. Judging by the increased number of system announcements, Tokens should start to become more plentiful, and thus lower in price. Thus, if you’ve got a large pile of Tokens kicking around it would probably be a good idea to sell them now and just keep a smaller stash for personal use.
Finally, for cash-shop merchants, it appears that my advice to buy Wraith Badges before the sale ended and sell them now for 25% markup was wrong, but in a good way. The shop I set-up this morning selling Wraith Badges at 50% markup sold out within 4 hours, which means that investors who went with Wraith Badges will probably end up doing very well indeed. On servers with less competition, Wraith Badge investors may see profits of 100% or greater.