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Gem-store items availability

Isn’t it possible to just make every item in the Gem-Store available all the time instead of removing them and bringing them back again after awhile?

It’s kind of frustrating when you miss out on a item in the gem-store and you dont know when anet will put it up again.

Is there like a restriction on how many items that can be up in the gem-store at the sametime?

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  • Malafaia.8903Malafaia.8903 Member ✭✭✭✭

    This really kitten me up.
    I'm waiting almost a year to get the hydra staff, now.
    What's really infuriating is i don't know if i'll have to wait one more month or one more year.

  • There is a restriction to how many items the Gem Store can comfortably handle, according to our President, Mike O'Brien.

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 9, 2019

    It would be better to redesign the gem-store then in my oppinion. Feels kind of old if it cant store all the items.

  • @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yes, it is frustrating but it is a marketing tactic that renders items more valuable in the perception of the buyer due to scarcity.

    For many gem shop items, the only value is the perception, so that turns out to be an important factor for buyers. If something is available all the time, then people dismiss its importance. Absence makes the heart grow fonder etc. People who want a particular item or three would enjoy not having to wait, but there are lots & lots of items at this point, and more people would take those for granted.

    Holiday decorations in RL are special because they are only around for a short time. Special menus at restaurants, seasonal coffees, etc... it's all more interesting to humans because they aren't always available.

    That's why businesses have been using "artificial scarcity" as a technique long, long before the digital age. It works because, in this type of case, perception is reality.

    "Face the facts. Then act on them. It's ...the only doctrine I have to offer you, & it's harder than you'd think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don't pray, don't wish, ...FACE THE FACTS. THEN act." — Quellcrist Falconer

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 8, 2019

    Thanx for all the very good and helpful posts! :D

    Wish they could atleast change items more often, and make sure that all the items gets a chance to show up.
    I think that it took like over a year for the white wings to show up again for example. That’s too long.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    There's also people like me who, if an item is available all the time, will spend forever thinking "I might get that one day" but that one day never actually happens. Whereas if it's being removed you have to get on and make a decision, so it can generate more sales by forcing people to get off the fence and choose (even if some of them choose not to buy it).

    Incidentally I've been waiting for the white feather wings to come back too. I never had a use for them before but now I've got an idea for a character that they'd be perfect for. So much so that it's not really worth making the character until I can get the wings.

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  • @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    Thanx for all the very good and helpful posts! :D

    Wish they could atleast change items more often, and make sure that all the items gets a chance to show up.
    I think that it took like over a year for the white wings to show up again for example. That’s too long.

    If you're looking for white wings, there'll be an alternative in a few days. White wings with pink colored feathers at the bottom. They got datamined and are most likely going to be added on tuesday. If you want to check them ingame, here's the chatcode: [&AgGfXwEAAA==]

  • Warkind.6745Warkind.6745 Member ✭✭✭

    The gem store would be so bloated and painful to navigate; it'd be like the Path of Exile MTX shop.

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 8, 2019

    @Raknar.4735 said:

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    Thanx for all the very good and helpful posts! :D

    Wish they could atleast change items more often, and make sure that all the items gets a chance to show up.
    I think that it took like over a year for the white wings to show up again for example. That’s too long.

    If you're looking for white wings, there'll be an alternative in a few days. White wings with pink colored feathers at the bottom. They got datamined and are most likely going to be added on tuesday. If you want to check them ingame, here's the chatcode: [&AgGfXwEAAA==]

    Thank you for the tip, it isn’t the white feathers I want though, I just used them as a example :D

    I’m waiting for Dragons Eye Circlet headpiece, so hopefully they bring it back again soon :)

  • Cerioth.7062Cerioth.7062 Member ✭✭✭

    I dont mind the current system, honestly. That way I impulse buy less.

  • they doing this intentionally, i do hope they make a "reminder" function that allow we subscript to items we'd like to buy, or put them in a "watch List" etc, so when they are on sale again we wont miss it.

  • Adenin.5973Adenin.5973 Member ✭✭✭

    Wow, who would've thought you'd find ppl making actual arguments for artificial scarcity of digital items.

    Shop too bloated? Give me a break.

    Not only should this tell you how messed up the rewards in this P2P game are when the ingame shop is almost bursting, while ppl crave for new content and rewards for years, it would also be quite telling how bad the UI and their data structure is, if they can't handle a few hundred items on display.

    That said, I don't think it would be "bloated" at all. There are filters and categories, there's a search function and overall, as a vet player, you're most of the time still only interested in the first shop page, displaying the newly added stuff. Are you unable to use Amazon? How many million different items does this site offer?

    However, the entire idea behind GW2 is to release every few weeks new shop items. The whales flood in and insta buy everything they think they ever will need, since it's gone in a few days. I can't imagine how much money they would lose if ppl only had to buy the stuff they know they really need. And imagine how many ppl would browse the shop, find an item they want and start grinding weeks to get enough gold and gems ingame for this item.

    They will never let all items stay in the shop. It was a mistake that ppl didn't complain much harder about this 6 years ago . It's so anti consumer. Imagine going into a local supermarket to buy some milk. And when you don't find it you ask an employee and he tells you that their sortiment rotates on a secret basis. They won't tell you when you can buiy milk again but there's currently milk powder in their "Mystery Box", which you can buy for $5 each and which has 3 random items out of 30 items total in it.

    Lol, ppl would probably burn this supermarket down. But with video games nowadays ppl defend this as the only way for studios to survive. That's so sad

  • @Adenin.5973 said:
    Wow, who would've thought you'd find ppl making actual arguments for artificial scarcity of digital items.

    Artificial scarcity has existed since marketing existed. It's got nothing to do with digital items or actual availability, hence the term "artificial."
    And there are reasons why it's better for the community (just as there are reasons for why it's worse).

    But with video games nowadays ppl defend this as the only way for studios to survive.

    I don't think it's the only way for studios to survive, but I don't think it's some horrid new tactic that game studios invented just to make money. I don't condemn Starbucks for offering Seasonal flavors for only part of the year; this is no different.

    Or in other words: there's nothing to defend. It's a standard marketing practice and like any marketing, some people don't like it.

    "Face the facts. Then act on them. It's ...the only doctrine I have to offer you, & it's harder than you'd think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don't pray, don't wish, ...FACE THE FACTS. THEN act." — Quellcrist Falconer

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:

    I’m waiting for Dragons Eye Circlet headpiece, so hopefully they bring it back again soon :)

    You may want to keep an eye on this thread for announcements.

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  • Adenin.5973Adenin.5973 Member ✭✭✭

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:

    @Adenin.5973 said:
    Wow, who would've thought you'd find ppl making actual arguments for artificial scarcity of digital items.

    Artificial scarcity has existed since marketing existed. It's got nothing to do with digital items or actual availability, hence the term "artificial."
    And there are reasons why it's better for the community (just as there are reasons for why it's worse).

    But with video games nowadays ppl defend this as the only way for studios to survive.

    I don't think it's the only way for studios to survive, but I don't think it's some horrid new tactic that game studios invented just to make money. I don't condemn Starbucks for offering Seasonal flavors for only part of the year; this is no different.

    Or in other words: there's nothing to defend. It's a standard marketing practice and like any marketing, some people don't like it.

    In what world does the community or a customer profit from artificial scarcity?

    And yes indeed shops that offer real products have every reason to do this, since it costs them money to keep their products around and indeed there's limited space in their shops and for display. But this is not in any way the case for digital items.

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    Isn’t it possible to just make every item in the Gem-Store available all the time instead of removing them and bringing them back again after awhile?

    This has been discussed multiple times already. The point of not having everything available at all times is to increase the percentage of people likely to buy an item. When you are waiting for a specific item, you are much more likely to actually buy it, especially if it is only available for a limited time. It's all about marketing.


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  • Ayakaru.6583Ayakaru.6583 Member ✭✭✭✭

    In short:

    Maintaning all items will give a clutrered and messy gem store.
    Periodic availability increases sales due to artificial scarcity.

    (No opinions, its just what the current system is based on)

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  • Omnicron.2467Omnicron.2467 Member ✭✭✭

    @Malafaia.8903 said:
    This really kitten me up.
    I'm waiting almost a year to get the hydra staff, now.
    What's really infuriating is i don't know if i'll have to wait one more month or one more year.

    Hydra Staff is not a gem store item, it was a Black Lion Chest drop.
    It will come back sometime with the statue vendor, was happy to finally get my Zephyr Wings after a year

  • @Adenin.5973 said:
    In what world does the community or a customer profit from artificial scarcity?

    First, no one is saying that customers profit from artificial scarcity; people have pointed out that there are benefits, all intangible:

    • People personally value things more if they aren't always available. 800 gems for something you have to keep an eye out for is often more treasured than something worth 200 that you can have whenever you want.
    • People sometimes dither about deciding; it helps the customer decide how important it really is when it's not always around. Call it the "don't give me a ring on the telephone until there's a ring on my finger" principle.

    For people who are able to be 100% rational about spending, these aren't very worthwhile considerations. But people who are 100% rational about spending aren't likely to be consumers of digital goods: there's no mechanic offering extra damage for looking fabulous; the convenience items are inefficient for the vast majority.

    And yes indeed shops that offer real products have every reason to do this, since it costs them money to keep their products around and indeed there's limited space in their shops and for display. But this is not in any way the case for digital items.

    And yet stores do it even when space is not an issue, which is why I used Starbucks as an example. While it's true they can't offer an infinite number of flavors, they can easily make room for 5-6 more ... and yet they choose not to. Because there are other reasons why artificial scarcity has been used as a marketing tool.

    Obviously, ANet (and every other company) uses artificial scarcity because it means more profits for them, not primarily for any of these qualitative benefits for players. The point is that it's not as one-sided as critics are trying to claim. In the end, every product/service sold is done so ultimately for the company's benefit; they are only able to do so because there are also benefits to the consumer.

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  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 8, 2019

    I understand the fact of artificial scarcity from a marketing perspective.

    I would still prefer all the items being present in the gemstore than not knowing when the items are going to be in there again. It does not make me want to buy the item any less because its always there, it gets me more interested to buy even more skins instead because Im able to buy all the things I need to be able to create perfect look for example.

    And since you unlock the skin and can use it as much as you want for all your toons, the skin is not really that unique anymore. It’s only a onetime buy, so might aswell have it on the gemstore all the time for everybody to get the chance to buy skins whenever they want.

    I think that it even can contribute to people buying skins more. if you want to change the looks on your character for example, you might want to look into other skins that wasnt relevant to you before. It will help alot to have all the skins in one place instead of the need for waiting for a long time before the skin shows up again.

  • @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    I would still prefer all the items being present in the gemstore than not knowing when the items are going to be in there again.

    Absolutely, that's a strong preference held by many.

    It does not make me want to buy the item any less because its always there, it gets me more interested to buy even more skins instead because Im able to buy all the things I need to be able to create perfect look for example.

    Sure, that makes sense. As long as you recognize that it does affect the value that other people see and the purchase choices they make because of it.

    It's a classic business risk|reward choice: offer the items year round (pleasing many on principle) and gaining all the impulse purchases ("I need it now") versus annoy a few people while gaining all the "urgent purchases." Regardless of your preference or mine, it turns out that the latter works better in the long run more often for more companies.

    Business uses artificial scarcity because it works.

    "Face the facts. Then act on them. It's ...the only doctrine I have to offer you, & it's harder than you'd think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don't pray, don't wish, ...FACE THE FACTS. THEN act." — Quellcrist Falconer

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 8, 2019

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    I would still prefer all the items being present in the gemstore than not knowing when the items are going to be in there again.

    Absolutely, that's a strong preference held by many.

    It does not make me want to buy the item any less because its always there, it gets me more interested to buy even more skins instead because Im able to buy all the things I need to be able to create perfect look for example.

    Sure, that makes sense. As long as you recognize that it does affect the value that other people see and the purchase choices they make because of it.

    It's a classic business risk|reward choice: offer the items year round (pleasing many on principle) and gaining all the impulse purchases ("I need it now") versus annoy a few people while gaining all the "urgent purchases." Regardless of your preference or mine, it turns out that the latter works better in the long run more often for more companies.

    Business uses artificial scarcity because it works.

    Well it makes sense when you put it like that, and I understand why they never probably change this :) fingers crossed that they change items more often atleast. I liked the idea of getting a notification for the item youre waiting for when its available again, which was mentioned above by Hoover.6394. That would atleast make everything easier :P

  • Ideally, we would be able to buy any gemstore item that appears in the bank or the wardrobe interfaces by right clicking the icon and selecting "Buy" in the context menu that would appear.
    Then a confirmation dialog with the price would appear, like the message that appears when clicking the lock icons in the inventory and the bank to buy more bags and tabs.
    Accept the message while having enough gems, the gems are spent, and you get the item. directly like when getting it from a guaranteed wardrobe unlock.

    This way we could have access to all items without having all items in the gemstore.

    The price when the item is off the gemstore would probably have to increase to compensate having access to it all year round.
    And of course since only individual items would be purchasable, that means items part of a package would be even more expensive than buying the package that contains them, like with back&glider combos.
    But a higher price is definitely better than not having access to the items at all.

  • They should atleast find a better solution for this. Waiting over a year for a skin is a bit ridiculous in my oppinion :P

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    I liked the idea of getting a notification for the item youre waiting for when its available again, which was mentioned above by Hoover.6394.

    That would defeat the intent to have users log in constantly in order to see if the thing(s) they want are available. The tactic is that by "forcing" a user to log in, that just maybe they will make a different purchase even though the item(s) they seek isn't (aren't) available at that time.

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  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 9, 2019

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    I liked the idea of getting a notification for the item youre waiting for when its available again, which was mentioned above by Hoover.6394.

    That would defeat the intent to have users log in constantly in order to see if the thing(s) they want are available. The tactic is that by "forcing" a user to log in, that just maybe they will make a different purchase even though the item(s) they seek isn't (aren't) available at that time.

    You make a good point, but I cant really apply that to myself though. I login-in in the game because there’s plenty of stuff to do like pve, pvp etc. and if something keeps me want to log-in everyday, it’s the dailys that you get everyday. The gemstore mostly frustrates me since you dont have access to everything, and that makes me want to buy less stuff, cuz I get tired of the constant waiting dilemma.
    But that’s how it works for me, cant speak for the other players :)

  • mauried.5608mauried.5608 Member ✭✭✭

    In MMOs, scarcity is everything.
    I want to get something so that I have it and you dont is the most common reason for people wanting stuff.
    No one wants things that everyone else already has.

  • sorudo.9054sorudo.9054 Member ✭✭✭✭

    if it isn't for sale it isn't available, that's how i see it.
    also, the longer they artificially make things scarce the less likely ill buy it, i like something at that moment and when it takes to long i lose interest really fast.
    ether sell it all the time or just don't bother selling it at all, it's simply a failed system more and more ppl don't participate in.

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 10, 2019

    @sorudo.9054 said:
    if it isn't for sale it isn't available, that's how i see it.
    also, the longer they artificially make things scarce the less likely ill buy it, i like something at that moment and when it takes to long i lose interest really fast.
    ether sell it all the time or just don't bother selling it at all, it's simply a failed system more and more ppl don't participate in.

    That’s how I feel aswell. I loose my interest when it takes too much time, and when the item comes back I wont bother to buy it usually.

  • AshkyLicious.4729AshkyLicious.4729 Member ✭✭
    edited February 10, 2019

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:
    Sure, that makes sense. As long as you recognize that it does affect the value that other people see and the purchase choices they make because of it.

    Do people really put any value to the skins being unique because it’s not available all the time on the gemstore?

    For me it’s only a skin like all the other skins in the game, but its sold in the gemstore instead of being sold in the TP for example.

    All the other armor pieces i’ve bought before was for unlocking the different skins, and the skins alone has never felt unique for me since I know already that everybody else can buy them anyway.
    The thing that makes it unique for me is how you mix and match with all the different skins you have, to finally create the perfect look for your toon. That’s why I think that this artificial scarcity really doesnt need to be the only way to create more sale for anet. If somebody really wants a skin and it only exists in the gemstore, they will get it no matter if the skin is present all the time or not in the gemstore. It’s the final look for my toon that makes my toon unique, and Im sure that many players feel the same way and gets frustated of how the gemstore works today.

  • Etria.3642Etria.3642 Member ✭✭✭

    Just a note about the Starbucks comparison. A whole LOT of people LOVE LOVE the McDonald's shamrock shakes right? So way back when I was a manager there I decided I was tired of hearing my friends complain about them running out of the flavor after the holiday was over so I ordered extra.

    And y'know what? People just plain stopped ordering them after the holiday. We kept the signs up and such but nope. Fortunately for me I didn't have to waste the extra three cases...we had a stand at a local fair and it was super hot that day. People bought them all.

    That said the mixes actually expire after a period of 3-4 months so if Starbucks kept 20 flavors they likely wouldn't sell the out of season ones...because they wouldn't get ordered.

    All that for my point. I always thought prices rose on the to between festivals since you can't get the items but they mostly don't. Its just like the shamrock shakes. Not the season? Eh, I don't REALLY need that winter infusion. It can wait until next year. So they probably only offer things on the gemstore that we are thinking about already, to spike our chance of buying. Then it's removed so it doesn't clog up the offerings.

  • @Adenin.5973 said:
    Wow, who would've thought you'd find ppl making actual arguments for artificial scarcity of digital items.

    Shop too bloated? Give me a break.

    Not only should this tell you how messed up the rewards in this P2P game are when the ingame shop is almost bursting, while ppl crave for new content and rewards for years, it would also be quite telling how bad the UI and their data structure is, if they can't handle a few hundred items on display.

    That said, I don't think it would be "bloated" at all. There are filters and categories, there's a search function and overall, as a vet player, you're most of the time still only interested in the first shop page, displaying the newly added stuff. Are you unable to use Amazon? How many million different items does this site offer?

    However, the entire idea behind GW2 is to release every few weeks new shop items. The whales flood in and insta buy everything they think they ever will need, since it's gone in a few days. I can't imagine how much money they would lose if ppl only had to buy the stuff they know they really need. And imagine how many ppl would browse the shop, find an item they want and start grinding weeks to get enough gold and gems ingame for this item.

    They will never let all items stay in the shop. It was a mistake that ppl didn't complain much harder about this 6 years ago . It's so anti consumer. Imagine going into a local supermarket to buy some milk. And when you don't find it you ask an employee and he tells you that their sortiment rotates on a secret basis. They won't tell you when you can buiy milk again but there's currently milk powder in their "Mystery Box", which you can buy for $5 each and which has 3 random items out of 30 items total in it.

    Lol, ppl would probably burn this supermarket down. But with video games nowadays ppl defend this as the only way for studios to survive. That's so sad

    I totally agree. I cannot fathom how people defend this practice.

  • @AshkyLicious.4729 said:

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:
    Sure, that makes sense. As long as you recognize that it does affect the value that other people see and the purchase choices they make because of it.

    Do people really put any value to the skins being unique because it’s not available all the time on the gemstore?

    Yes, as it turns out. It's not so much because "it's not always available in the gemstore," as it is that familiarity breeds contempt: we unconsciously draw our attention to what we can't have, rarely to those things always available.

    As evidence, look at the forums and reddit: most of the threads (not including this one) where the OP complains about the policy usually mention specific items. There are no posts in which people compliment ANet for items that have remained in the gem shop indefinitely, for ages. The missing stuff inspires passion and attention; the omnipresent items get ignored. And that passion & attention generates more sales.

    There's a reasonable argument that this isn't "adding value;" it's just worrying that the item will disappear. Economists consider that a sort of value, in that they can measure the financial impact. Enough people spend enough more money on things because they are artificially scarce (both in game and in the real world). The loss from people like you (or me) who end up spending less is dwarfed by those who spend more.

    If our shopping habits were 100% rational, there'd be only 2-3 different kinds of toothpaste (Stannous and Sodium Flouride), we'd pay less for music now (since distribution is cheaper), and we'd all drive the smallest, most economical vehicle. Oh and yeah, there wouldn't be artificial scarcity.

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  • @AshkyLicious.4729 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    I liked the idea of getting a notification for the item youre waiting for when its available again, which was mentioned above by Hoover.6394.

    That would defeat the intent to have users log in constantly in order to see if the thing(s) they want are available. The tactic is that by "forcing" a user to log in, that just maybe they will make a different purchase even though the item(s) they seek isn't (aren't) available at that time.

    You make a good point, but I cant really apply that to myself though. I login-in in the game because there’s plenty of stuff to do like pve, pvp etc. and if something keeps me want to log-in everyday, it’s the dailys that you get everyday. The gemstore mostly frustrates me since you dont have access to everything, and that makes me want to buy less stuff, cuz I get tired of the constant waiting dilemma.
    But that’s how it works for me, cant speak for the other players :)

    Thats not how revenue from micro transactions work though. Nobody cares about the people who spend a few bucks here and there. Their vast majority of income comes from a small percentage of whales with impulse control issues who just buy and buy forever. The shop is designed to lure THEM in, not you.

  • @Etria.3642 said:
    Just a note about the Starbucks comparison. A whole LOT of people LOVE LOVE the McDonald's shamrock shakes right? So way back when I was a manager there I decided I was tired of hearing my friends complain about them running out of the flavor after the holiday was over so I ordered extra.

    And y'know what? People just plain stopped ordering them after the holiday. We kept the signs up and such but nope. Fortunately for me I didn't have to waste the extra three cases...we had a stand at a local fair and it was super hot that day. People bought them all.

    That said the mixes actually expire after a period of 3-4 months so if Starbucks kept 20 flavors they likely wouldn't sell the out of season ones...because they wouldn't get ordered.

    All that for my point. I always thought prices rose on the to between festivals since you can't get the items but they mostly don't. Its just like the shamrock shakes. Not the season? Eh, I don't REALLY need that winter infusion. It can wait until next year. So they probably only offer things on the gemstore that we are thinking about already, to spike our chance of buying. Then it's removed so it doesn't clog up the offerings.

    Right, I wouldn't expect all the seasonal flavors to last year round and they certainly couldn't manage twenty flavors. But add 2-3 ones that people ask for year round? They could do that.

    Shamrock Shakes aren't an example of artificial scarcity though: that's something with a specifically seasonal demand. I'm sure when you managed your local you saw other examples of Mickey D's bringing in something temporarily to pull in customers that wasn't associated with a time of year or holiday. With Starbucks, it's more like particular blends of coffee that they only offer for short tall periods.

    (I do admire your foresight in being prepared and finding a way to turn too many lemons into... selling lemons. That was well done.)

    "Face the facts. Then act on them. It's ...the only doctrine I have to offer you, & it's harder than you'd think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don't pray, don't wish, ...FACE THE FACTS. THEN act." — Quellcrist Falconer

  • Thanks everbody for a great discussion about this subject! I’ve certainly learned alot about marketing from you guys :D and things got clearer on why anet has designed the gemstore this way. I might not agree with it and oh if it is frustrating sometimes but hey, that’s life :P

    If anybody would see the Dragons Eye Circlet in the gemstore just shout out loud :D haha

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @AshkyLicious.4729 said:
    If anybody would see the Dragons Eye Circlet in the gemstore just shout out loud :D haha

    This thread is updated each time the offerings change. You may want to keep an eye open there.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Those items go into the Disney vau.... Sorry, Anet vault.

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