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Treat certain NES items as public utilities

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RavenGalactic
Korvinus
#1 - 2017-06-05 22:43:35 UTC
Hello,

With the New Eden Store (NES) now using PLEX, I would like to recommend the idea of treating certain NES items as public utilities instead of market commodities.

My understanding of the NES was to allow certain items to be purchased in a controlled atmosphere. For instance, Aurum prices didn't fluctuate internally, so a Multiple Character Training Certificate was, in essence, a public utility. The best way to purchase this item was a) through real dollars as Aurum, or b) on the market where there was little fluctuation.

After the new NES was released, we now see these utilities turned into commodities. While I am a big proponent of free-markets, I see the potential for these items to rise in cost to a point that would make it impossible for a novice player or one with a small-wallet to afford. Many EVE players cannot afford the real money PLEX prices and I don't think that we should unfairly hinder this substantial portion of the EVE community from having reasonable access to a skill extractor or Multiple Pilot Training Certificate.

Sure, these items were a fixed real $$ price in the NES, but in order to purchase these items, you now have to buy the PLEX on the inflating New Eden market, or, buy with real money through eveonline.com. There may come a day that a player cannot reasonably afford to convert ISK into enough PLEX to buy these items, especially if they do not have the real life funds to afford paying for PLEX.

That's my 2 ISK worth.

RG
Cade Windstalker
#2 - 2017-06-05 22:50:56 UTC
AURUM was always able to be purchased by converting PLEX into AURUM, thus the value of anything off of the NEX store was tied to the price of PLEX. How tightly tied it turned out to be in practice varied, but that's markets for you.

In no way was anything purchasable on the NEX store ever treated in any way like a public utility. That implies price controls similar to NPC sell orders for skill books.

In short, it's never worked the way you seem to think it did, in fact comparing the volatility in the price of a Multiple Pilot Training Certificate with the volatility in the price of PLEX there's actually *more* volatility in the MCTC market than the PLEX market.
Merin Ryskin
Peregrine Industries
#3 - 2017-06-06 07:57:53 UTC
Uh, what? Your premise makes no sense. The PLEX prices of those services is fixed, as is the cost of buying PLEX from CCP. The real-money cost of your purchase remains constant. What you are talking about is the in-game economy and deals made between players, and at no point should CCP impose limits on the in-game economy.
Frostys Virpio
KarmaFleet
Goonswarm Federation
#4 - 2017-06-06 15:27:23 UTC
RavenGalactic wrote:
Hello,

With the New Eden Store (NES) now using PLEX, I would like to recommend the idea of treating certain NES items as public utilities instead of market commodities.

My understanding of the NES was to allow certain items to be purchased in a controlled atmosphere. For instance, Aurum prices didn't fluctuate internally, so a Multiple Character Training Certificate was, in essence, a public utility. The best way to purchase this item was a) through real dollars as Aurum, or b) on the market where there was little fluctuation.

After the new NES was released, we now see these utilities turned into commodities. While I am a big proponent of free-markets, I see the potential for these items to rise in cost to a point that would make it impossible for a novice player or one with a small-wallet to afford. Many EVE players cannot afford the real money PLEX prices and I don't think that we should unfairly hinder this substantial portion of the EVE community from having reasonable access to a skill extractor or Multiple Pilot Training Certificate.

Sure, these items were a fixed real $$ price in the NES, but in order to purchase these items, you now have to buy the PLEX on the inflating New Eden market, or, buy with real money through eveonline.com. There may come a day that a player cannot reasonably afford to convert ISK into enough PLEX to buy these items, especially if they do not have the real life funds to afford paying for PLEX.

That's my 2 ISK worth.

RG


EVE and all associated in-game product are luxuries. If they cost too much for someone, it's not a problem.