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A blog about....well about....something. Really.
A Few More Thoughts On The New Economy
Random thoughts, none of which were long enough to warrant their own journal entry:

- Aquarium Owners: the days when you could buy fish for gold for reasonable prices and still expect to make some kind of decent profit are over. Fish were a way for those with Real World Money to turn it into gold. Why would they do that when they can now just buy gold directly via Flynn's various body parts or that scum's loose change?

If you still want to run a tank with Airsharks or Giant Stone Coatls, start running those commercials in the background watching videos for GC, and/or trading with others who are doing the same. Because we're on our own now.

- This bears repeating: nothing's sacred. I'm looking at some of the current bundles and all the stuff you're getting for relatively low prices, and I'm seeing desperation on the part of Gaia. Short term desperation. Letting the players have anything they want for as little as they want as long as they fork over the real world money for it NOW. That's not the strategy of a business with a long term view.

- And they keep lowering and lowering the prices. This means DON'T buy for the initial price, patience pays off in real money savings if there's something you want. There's no friggin' way I'm going to spend 7500 GC on anything - it WILL come around at a lower price if you wait long enough.

This, by the way, is known as a deflationary cycle, and it's actually worse for the economy than inflation. Because there's nothing like the reasonable expectation of a lower price to stop people from buying NOW.

- Finally: it's high time to stop looking at the MP as "inflated". This IS the new normal. These ARE the new prices. Yes, they will change over time, but if you're waiting for things to get "back to normal", you might as well stop holding your breath and deal with it. Gaia's changed its internal game economic policy as well as its business model, and this is the fall out.

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  • User Comments: [3]
    One difference between us is you apparently still care about what Gaia is producing / selling.
    To me it has all started to blur together and I just don't care when something 'new' (or recolored / rereleased) comes out. They could sell the recent bundles for a dollar or even 50 cents I still would likely not purchase any unless I happened to really like some particular item - which rarely ever happens any more.
    I can't remember the last time I was excited about a new item.

    I do agree the constant whoring of the cash shop feels like short term desperation.
    I used to read announcements. Now I tend to click through as soon as I see it's another cash shop announcement.

    I used to like some of the staff due to some personal interaction over time but those people have been let go (Panagrammic) or moved on (DJ Helsing).
    I used to look forward to new games but Gaia rarely releases a game and you can just about guarantee the game will be half baked / not quite as good as same type games elsewhere / have bugs - all to be followed up by being abandoned down the road due to "not enough interest" because they didn't do it right. Like the match 3 game. At first I was like "Yay! A match three game! I love those" Then I played it and was like, "Oh, a sucky match three game with extremely limited features and slow game play." (insert sad face)

    I guess what I'm saying is I feel like a combination of things (including the incessant hounding to buy stuff with real money) is making more and more users feel emotionally detached from the site. And that emotional attachment is what Gaia needs to get people to spend real money on pretend pixel items they can't take with them off the site.

    EDIT: This is twice now in about a week that I commented on your journal about Gaia selling stuff and as soon as I hit submit I had a new announcement notice from Gaia - trying to sell me more stuff. This time it's -
    Best of Recolors Sale in La Victoire!

    comment David2074 · Community Member · Mon Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:30pm
    David2074, I am basically where you are with respect to the whole emotional detachment thing. I agree 110% - the more crap Gaia keeps pumping out, the more Gaia keeps badgering the players who are left to spend cash, the less attached players become, and the less inclined they are to spend real money to rent pixels.

    My last couple of journal entries are to try to get the word out in my own preferred way that Things Have Changed On Gaia. From the first couple of days I was here, I had figured out that putting away "extras" of popular items was an investment in my Gaian future. It's not anymore. And I wanted to explain why it's no longer a good idea, because I know a lot of people who have relied on this strategy to keep up with everything around here.

    I'm not going to tell people not to spend money on Gaia - that kind of talk will get you banned around here these days. Far be it from me to tell people how to spend their money. But if they ARE going to spend cash on Gaia, I hope I can help them spend it more wisely.

    comment purplewiz · Community Member · Mon Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:46pm
    I can barely afford gold shop items now.

    I tend to only have 5K-20K at all times, so you can imagine how the new MP prices have affected me. Needless to say, I never change my avatar anymore.

    Finding role plays that I can actually partake in is nigh impossible. I moved one of my guilds to Proboards, and the other has been neglected due to poor time management. The games are repetitive and boring. Gaians have become extremely toxic to one another.

    The site is falling apart. I just wish they would focus on something other than the avatar aspect of this site. Honestly, I just lurk on Gaia while I wait for someone to summon me in Dark Souls.


    comment A Thief Appears · Community Member · Wed Jan 29, 2014 @ 10:50pm
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