Before I post my conclusions, I should post a few things before hand.
First off, before you accuse me of anything, I am NOT a very good restocker. On a pentium 2 300 mhz machine with 96mb ram (top of the line in 1997/1998), i simply get blown out of the water by younger people with faster computers, faster connections and faster fingers.
The reality is this. Lets say you take a kitchen quest. Different people have different values on kitchen quests. For a veteran such as myself with what most people here would consider a gigantic pet, kitchen quests are absolutely critical to me. They are virtually my ONLY way to train str and defense reliably at this point. The alternate for hitpoints is to spend 8 codestones (something i do almost daily).
So to me, even though my chances of gaining a hp, def, or str point are only 1/4, I will GLADLY spend 6k on a kitchen quest, and do every single one i can for under 10k without fail. I sometimes spend 12k or more if the situation is right.
Thus, that chocolate that only restocks 3 times per hour that the flotsam chef asks for alot is desirable to me, and ill pay 7000 where someone else is forced to take a pass.
Similarly, with the new ice cream coupons, there is a buzz. landing one is a boon worth about 100k at the minimum right now. There are several other alternate items one could receive that are also very valuable.
THus people are willing to gamble. They may not know the odds and perhaps even OVER-GAMBLE. All of the sudden that item that you only think is worth 3000 is worth 9000 to someone else. They feel they have a shot at getting rich.
Just like its worth it to keep buying scratchcards from the kiosks in hopes of eventually landing the big one, people will continue to assess in their own minds the average value of a snow quest, and do all quests cheaper than that imaginary value. This has created a buzz we havent seen in 2 years (when dbds were 9.4 icons and the snow faerie gave them out) I mean, would it be fair to the restocker to have to sell his item cheap so you could buy them en masse and keep trying to get those big coupons? THat would seem rediculous. TNT is GENERALLY (not always) pretty good about keeping the game in balance. Last time there was too much demand for those chocolates, they re-rigged the snow faerie to stop giving out rare mps and excellent weapons (retiring the sinsis sword and upping the dbd and bd rarity, then furhter DOWNGRADING the dbd upon realizing what had happened to the economy)
Really though, you i think are looking for an excuse to whine. And i only came in here because someone wanted me to point out what they perceived to be as your... well i cant really say the word here.
ANd i told them I wouldnt until i saw the post. I saw the post, and I have to agree with them.
Whats really baffling to me, is you claim the most "honorable" way to make np is thru games. Simply put, some people arent good at games. Some arent good at restocking, some arent good at auction-sniping. Im not good at ANY of these things, yet its plain as day that its still possible to make a considerable income.
ANd the reality is, it IS all about supply and demand. people want to be the next great big pet, or the next jazz)_invincible, or the next turmac owner or what have you. Since these things have PRESTIGE associated with them, you will have to EARN that prestige, and the way to do that is to know your way around the economy.
TO make a real life comparison, you are basically an unskilled worker, with a high school diploma, maybe less. You work as a construction worker. You hate your upperclass peers driving nicer cars than you and living in bigger houses. Your more upperclass peers (the white-collar workers lets say), do better than you, but they still arent at the top of the ladder. THe people who really do the best are those who have best knowledge of the economy and the guts to act on their convictions.
When taelia was ixnayed from the site for a while, choco and baked goods dropped like a rock. THis was a paradise for the hard core kquesters such as myself. When the war was over everyone more or less KNEW that taelia was coming back, heck the news announced an ice cream machine the day before it happened.
How many of you bought chocolates in anticipation of trying to get a ticket?
How many of you had the foresight to realize k quests were about to get alot more expensive, better buy the r80ish chocolates and ice foods while they were still reasonably priced?
How many of you had the courage to invest a considerable amount of money in this knowing you could profit quickly (supply and demand)?
How many of you invested nearly every single neopoint in your bank account?
How many of you went beyond that and sold other assets you were hoarding KNOWING that this was a bonzanza waiting to happen?
This was no group collusion. I think a ton of people all saw the writing on the wall. I wasnt buying to resell, but i bought about 150 chocolates for my own k quest consumption (so i could continue to do them after taelia came back ata fast pace to try and get my pet stronger)
I DIDNT have the courage to go to the last step. And sadly I only had 500k in my bank when i moved 450k of it in. But much like poker, to make money you must risk money when the odds are in your favor. It sounds like you dont have enough of a mind to realize this, and therefore you gripe about the restockers, when really, you only have yourself to blame.
I guess my conclusion is this, your lack of knowledge of the economy, masked behind some self-righteous view of the neopian world, is going to permanently hinder your progress of reaching your goals in this game, and again, dont blame the restockers, blame yourself.
edit: as a post script, over the last few days, TNT has caught on to the source of about 40-45% of my income, and made it undesirable to the pont where I must give it up. (now on a typical day my income is probably 1% freebies, 9% gambling games, 15% stockmarket, 15% "lucky events", such as stumbling upon a buyable khonsu today while looking for a different item, 10% restocking, 10% good item investing and 40% random other sources)
as you can see the changes to the employment agency were borderline catastrophic to me, especially as i spend over 100k per day on training alone, but I will find a way to replace that income. If you think about it, you can find a way to compensate for increased item prices. Instead of complaining about them
Slime Lord wrote:I'm most glad you play games. I truely am. I don't like the people who ONLY restock. If you wish to consider your self for this topic a sub-type, do so.
And I do know the Neopian Economy isn't set just for me. This is not why I started this topic, even though I am expressing my personal oppion. I started this topic so people might see how much of an effect the prices they are setting are having on the people who only play games.
I know Restocking is hard. I know Autobuyers are out there. I know they are a decent portion of the ones who set prices, but it's everyone else who is following it that I'm having issues with.