Worth The Cup Of Coffee

Swift

What’s a mount worth? No, not the simple in-game currency or lengths one must go to in order to obtain them. If you had to buy the mount with the money in your pocket, how high would you be willing to go? The most I’ve ever spent on a mount is 150 USD, but that was a Mottled Drake for Mrs. Amateur and it was a Christmas present. Worth every penny. Would I spend it on myself? Not a chance. There isn’t a mount in the game that I would spend that much money for. But a cup of coffee? That’s a reasonable price.

So as you might have guessed, the Swift Spectral Tiger cost me a whole dollar. The in-game shop (remember, not Blizzard) sells donation points for cash. The lowest rate is 10 points for two dollars. While I opted for a higher package, that doesn’t change the fact that for those 10 points I could get the spectral kitty. Well, actually, it was half-price at the time. So indeed I spent a dollar for one of the nicest mounts in the game. Normally you would be looking at between 1.5k-2k for the same mount. I’m sorry, but I’d rather pay my mortgage than have a shiny ride in a digital world.

Now the argument can be made the price is warranted because it’s so rare. Well, every day the TCG rewards become more and more rare. Eventually, they’re going to be gone. Or at least the current means of obtaining them will be. Should they be gone forever? Some mounts I think should. Not the TCG ones, but the ones that required a true Feat of Strength to accomplish and obtain. Instead, I see no reason Blizzard couldn’t offer many of these in their own shop. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be the rarest of the rare. You could put the Cenarion Hippogryph in there, for example, for those who don’t want to grind the reputation but still want the mount.

“But JD, then the mounts become more prominent and lose their uniqueness and awe.”

Not necessarily. More people would have access to them, but not everyone is going to buy them. And you can still only be on one mount at a time. So even if someone buys 10 different mounts, they’ll not all be out at the same time. Heck, since I picked up the Spectral mount a couple of weeks ago I’ve only seen one other person riding it. In a game that charges nothing to play, the window for it to be more common is certainly there. Imagine what would happen on a server where you have to pay your monthly fee on top of buying mounts. I don’t think you would have a massive influx of any mount in particular, but instead a few more of each would start popping up and that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Having said that, Blizzard doesn’t give things away. I can’t see any mount in the game being sold in the shop for 1-2 dollars. If they sold basic mounts for 5 dollars and harder to obtain for 10, I still think that would be high. But then I also don’t think they would list them that low. Either way, people still wouldn’t be pushed to run out and buy whatever they want. The tipping point isn’t quite high enough. Now, were Blizzard to suddenly go against a decade plus business plan and reduce the monthly fee then it might change. But that’s not ever going to happen. And neither is getting a mount for a dollar.

4 thoughts on “Worth The Cup Of Coffee

  1. Alunaria March 29, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I cannot name anything in the game that is worth a lot of real life money for me. But what a sweet idea for a gift 🙂

    There is a part of me, that wishes, that everything in the game would be obtained through the game. And never outside of it. But I can imagine, that all those micro transactions and what not makes up for a much bigger income than what we imagine for Blizzard.

    I like to have my rare items in the game! In particular those things that remind me, just how long I have been playing the game. But I am not fussed, really. For me it’s just pixels.

    • JD Kenada April 3, 2018 / 9:31 am

      The things that are really rare I would prefer stay that way. The original Amani Bear, Chromatic Sword, or the Competitor’s Tabard. Heck, I still have the items required during the quest chain to get attuned for Onyxia. Even some rare items that are currently in game I think should stay that way. Like the (@#*&^$!) Baron’s horse.

      But other items I think could be acceptable for the micro system. But the price would have to be far below the current store price (which no doubt still rakes it in).

      • Alunaria April 3, 2018 / 1:39 pm

        Aww, yes, I wish I could swift those items between my characters though. I still have that ooold trinket from Scholomance that makes the ghosts outside appear. Aw, good times. But it’s on my other Druid though.

      • Alunaria April 3, 2018 / 1:40 pm

        Hm swift…I meant, switch, I think 🙂

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