Some of us, that are here since the beggining of the game (for exemple I joined in December 2008) look back and say to their buddies “*sight* I remember back then when Gold highest price was 500k…”
On the official forums, I read a lot of people blaming packs for the raise of Gold rates, and they’re right… Or half right.
A few month ago, before packs were announced to be permanent in the cash-shop, the packs sale was the only explaination for the Gold prices raise, along with reputation sales of course.
But what was supposed to be something “random” turned out to be something planned on a regular basis, and now permanent.
What made the packs permanent residents of the CS ?
I hate to say it, but mostly merchants are the cause of this PWE decision.
As everything in business, the blame goes also to the consumer because if there was no demand, merchants wouldn’t buy the packs to resell them.
What PWE saw in the merchants was an opportunity to make even more money… Indirectly.
Yes, PWE makes money thanks to merchants, even if they buy their gold with in-game coins.
This relies on the fashion effect : the basic player sees the merchants making millions and millions of coins in a day, so they’re attracted to merchanting. As they’re most of the time not rich enough to buy enough gold to start a business with their in-game coins, they go to the Zen system and buy Gold with real money.
This is why merchanting will never be banned from the game, contrary to what a rumor said.
Is there any coming back to normal Gold rates ?
At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I will say no, there is no coming back to 500k/Gold.
This is not because of the packs though, it’s because of something even less controllable : player’s greed.
Gold traders are now used to earn at least 1 million per Gold they sell… Hard to come back to half of their profit…
Moreoever, the weekly sales system maintains their business going, because it gives them an excuse for putting high Gold rates and keeping them high until next week.
Even if there are a lot more things to say, I will conclude by saying that PWI’s economy is in pretty bad shape, or at least less healthy than what it used to be : pretty much every item is more expensive than what it used to be. This is called inflation.
Inflation is good for an economy for a while, but if it lasts for too long it starts damaging it.