I made the huge mistake of keeping a lot of my assets liquid. I liked the idea of having a surplus of gold on hand in case there was something I wanted to buy. Rapid inflation brought that to a screeching ******** halt though.
What's funny though is the way everyone unspooled about zOMG!. "zOMG! is ruining our economy! *cry cry*" Casual players would maybe score five or ten thousand from playing; more dedicated players may take in a hundred-fifty thousand a day. That wasn't an amount to sneeze at during that time, but it'd take the better part of a day to hit that amount. Aquariums, same thing. "Oh no, Aquariums is ruining our economy *sob sob*". Anyone remember Dolphin Mania? The site that tracked aquariums full of dolphins and listed each that was glowing. If you followed that site you could probably make about thirty thousand every ten to fifteen minutes. It was tedious, laggy, and not much fun, but if you needed some fast gold, it was effective. Of course Gaia hated it and tried to get it shut down. In the end they bought the domain and shut it down...you know...to control inflation.
Then came the gold generators. Those lovely little Chance Items that you could buy for about a dollar each and it would give you several hundred thousand and even millions in gold. All of a sudden those were selling like mad, and people were becoming billionaires in an afternoon, but of course Gaia didn't see those as ruining the economy. They were just fine.
I recently overheard someone complaining that they were broke; they only had three trillion gold and couldn't afford some oddball item. Meanwhile, I'm reflecting back on how proud I was and how hard I worked when I earned my first million gold. Today I get over a million gold just from checking the daily chance.
Sad, sad sad.