Gold Woes? Really?

August 1, 2009 at 10:55 am (Commentary) (, , )

The economy of Word of Warcraft has always been something that has amazed me. It really is a study in the economies around these small communities. It’s really no wonder that there are tons of sites that encourage you to fork out real money for gold that was farmed by some 12 year old Chinese child.

However, one thing that has amazed me even further is the way people treat their gold. Today I’m going to go through a couple of examples of real life moments that I’ve encountered in WoW that help illustrate my point.

“Repair bills are lame, I’ve only got 34g now.” This is something classic that I have seen numerous times from a lot of people that I have raided with, and even from people in my guild. A couple of days of making it a point to do some dailies would fix this problem in under an hour, especially if you do them with a group. At an average of 13-17 gold a pop, you can get a nice little chunk for your repair bill in about an hour. That’s not bad if your other option is having no gold at all.

“No I don’t want to buy that item out of the AH, I’m cheap.” Now, I understand if you are saving your gold to an end. Sure thing, no problem, especially from the standpoint of a casual gamer. However more often people seem to have a problem finding a difference between their pretend gold and their real life money. I went to the Auction House once and searched on some items to help me out with my healing. I came across the Armbands of the Construct, a bind on equip item from Normal Ulduar. These bracers were a major upgrade for me, however their listed cost was over 600 gold. I’d already purchased my Artisan Flying and Cold Weather Flying at price tags of 5000 and 1000 gold respectively. So really, I had to ask myself, “What are you really going to use your gold for?” So I didn’t hesitate any longer in picking up these bracers, especially since I knew it was going to be a while before I would see the inside of Ulduar. There have been so many times that I’ve offered to make an item for a gluildmate, only to find that they describe themselves as, “Too cheap,” to buy the mats. Really?

These scenarios seem to come up again and again. I believe that it is not that difficult to come across a good amount of gold in this game. Just do a couple of dailies over a few days when you have time and your gold will add up in no time. I think that with good planning we’d see less players begging in capital cities on alts.


1 Comment

  1. johnny said,

    Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

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