First off, news! Today I hit 900k banked (Roughly 960k across all toons on both factions, but I like to only count "banked Alliance" gold) and I'm now officially in the home stretch. It's weird to think I still have 10% to go; it sounds like a lot. Then again my first 100k took me two months and the last 100k took me 10 days, so I guess there's some snowball effect to count on!
Lately I've been thinking about the value of gold and how I perceive it. In one of his election years (I tried to look it up but everyone else just says "one of his election years" as well . . .) a reporter asked George H. W. Bush a rather loaded question. They asked him the going rate of a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk. When he answered way off the mark they considered it a "gotcha" question; a sign he was out of touch and didn't understand the lives and problems of the average American.
I've sort of been feeling that way about gold for the duration of Cataclysm. I wasn't rolling in gold at Cata launch, sitting at around 250k, but I had more than your average player. Because of this I've started to wonder if my value of gold is drastically different from other players, or if it's much more similar than I expect.
In late Wrath, as an example, I was discussing alts with a guild member. He has a priest and was saying he can't really solo because it's Holy. I was like "Well, just buy dual spec for her, it's really cheap." He said something along the lines of: "You know, not everyone has so tons of gold to spend, Faid." (In my defense, I thought Dual Spec had already been lowered to 10g but was actually still 1000g, mah bad!)
By the end of Wrath I know I was "rich" compared to your average player. I wonder, though, is 250k that much now? I haven't seen a huge spike in the gold you get from dailies (though I've not looked at Firelands rewards) and raiding doesn't bring in tons of gold, but it seems there's more gold floating around.
There's a Reins of Poseidus on my AH for 200k (not mine!) and of course that gets Trade talking about the "ridiculous price people charge for mounts." I asked how much people would be willing to spend for it and a lot of people are putting their price point similar to mine: 30-50k.
It's surprising to me, because before I started making gold as a concentrated effort I considered myself comfortable at 10k and rich at 15k. The fact that your average player is now seeing it as reasonable to spend 50k on a mount is definitely a surprise to me.
It's caused me to realize that the degree of inflation in Cataclysm was entirely lost on me. I don't know how much the average player has, what the average player's expenses are, and what they are willing to pay for certain things. I am, quite frankly, out of touch with those I market to.
But what can be done? My view of the value of gold is so skewed and even if I didn't have this gold, now that I know how to make this much there's no way I'll ever think 15k is rich again, you know?
Anyways, just some "I'm almost there" musings!
Image Source: Loaf of Bread
In other news I've started a Minecraft Let's Play video series, check it out if you're a Minecraft fan! If you're not a Minecraft fan you probably will be soon. :o