I’ve been testing the Rep market for the past 2 days, and here is what I observed :
1) Most merchants are dumb, they’d lower their margin instead of just waiting for the suicidal merchant to sell-out.
2) You can really influence the market by just claiming your sale price in your tag
3) PWE wants to kill merchants
Now I’ll explain. When I said the suicidal merchant, I was talking about me.
Before I entered the market, Rep badges were at 12.2k each. After I’ve set my shop, it was at 11.9k each, ALL of them because I was tagged with “S>REP 11.9K”. That means that I was just barely making profit (2% exactly). But nevermind ! Let’s all do the same, don’t even calculate and jump right in !
To “punish them”, I afforded Rank 8 (200k rep) for my Psy alt at a minor cost without buying any gold, just out of this little experiment.
If I was very mean, I could have bought them all out and raise my prices back to normal (12.2K each) leaving them with a bad taste in their mouth (just psycological though, the profit isn’t much higher).
As for the conspiracy….
A sale is maximum profitable at the very beggining and at the very end (maybe not all the time). But if the sale is permanent or very extanded (Rep sale, D.orbs sale, Chips), it’s only profitable at the very beggining and not at the end, because everybody got what they needed already. This means that merchants will think it’s worthless to continue with the same item (i.e Rep). No one selling = the new demand wave will find no one to turn to.
They will then need to either buy Zen or find somebody that charges Zen (or a gold trader).
PWE is not trying to kill merchants for good, but profit is way slower, limitating the use of coins to get cash-shop items for the broad public.
I find it pretty clever from them, to say when it starts but not specify any end date.
As for my experiment, selling Rep is my lowest % Profit I’ve done in a long time. Selling D.Orbs 1 star is a fail too at the moment.
To me, there is no worthy merchant opportunity this week. Even packs are expansive.
So here is uncle Drak’s advice : if you have money to invest, either keep it for later or sell gold in World Chat. Maybe they’re preparing a omfgwow sale soon….. We’ll see.