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Let's say rank 5 gems only sold for a nickel. Well, it'd sell for the gold equivalent of a nickel because of the listing/sale fees. With that said, 5 cents is really low right?
Well given that Rank 5 is the highest gem that can drop and the only way to upgrade them is by combining a specific amount of gems...the increase in value would be static.
Assuming upgrading costs no additional gold from the jeweler, (If it did the end value would be RIDICULOUS) here's the chart.
Rank 5 ($0.05) x3 ---> Rank 6 ($0.15)
Rank 6 ($0.15) x3 ---> Rank 7 ($0.45)
Rank 7 ($0.45) x3 ---> Rank 8 ($1.35)
Rank 8 ($1.35) x3 ---> Rank 9 ($4.05)
Rank 9 ($4.05) x3 ---> Rank 10 ($12.15)
Rank 10 ($12.15) x2 ---> Rank 11 ($24.30)
Rank 11 ($24.30) x2 ---> Rank 12 ($48.60)
Rank 12 ($48.60) x2 ---> Rank 13 ($97.20)
Rank 13 ($97.20) x2 ---> Rank 14 ($194.40)
This is done with no jeweler cost to increase the value of the gem upgrade.
Nickel Rank 5 gems.
Gives "Hardcore Min-Maxing" in games a new meaning. I don't min-max if the cost doesn't outweigh the benefits, but there are people who do...which makes this interesting.
(Edit: If there were a gold cost to upgrade this, not only would the overall cost of this skyrocket, gold itself would be even more of a valueable resource than it already seems to be.)
Edited by Zinqf on 9/5/2011 4:22 AM PDT
there is probably a gold cost everytime gems get combined so that would add to the price of combined gems.. but it might be so small that it is not worth figuring in .
even so people who think there will be no money in the rmah need to put that figure up for the value of a lvl 14 gem..
you're not factoring in the increased rarity of each higher level, which only pushes to increase the value of the higher gems even more. The first radiant gems on the market will probably sell for ridiculous amounts that will disgust me and make me wish I was a better gem hunter but over time that will gradually decrease.
Somebody is going to invest a good bit into buying their way to that first radiant, how effect it will be for that person interests me...I cant wait to see what happens with the RMAH.
There are no "higher level" gems that drop. Tier 5 is the highest. They confirmed that already. Anything beyond that has to be crafted.
Zinqf - Where did you get the info that it's only 2 per for the last few tiers? i know that was speculated on but hadn't hard confirmation on it.
According to the diablo wiki (with a dead citation link) they stack up to 10 deep.
My expectation is that since there's no level requirement on Gems, the category will see an absurd level of traffic. It'll basically be the only item 100% of characters can use. I anticipate a lot of people will be willing to spend even a minimum of five bucks to deck themseves out with the best gems they can afford to make the game a bit easier to start (like hitting a nitro in a racing game).
I can see a lot of kids blowing their allowance on gems if they get really into the game. Gems might be one of the few areas where demand could outstrip supply, despite the potential for low-wage farmers pushing as much as they can into the market.
the low wage farmers won't be as much of a problem when you get into the higher lvl gems.. and if you craft base gem the flood of cheep gear to crush and get mats will be good for you ..
as long as the materials stay reasonable the market will be profitable some gems will be more profitable than others..
if you had a stack of 100 level 5 gem it would be more profitable to combine them into the highest quatlity gems you could
Edited by Toyodah on 9/5/2011 1:27 PM PDT
Gonna quote the second sentence in my original post, since instead of reading or understanding or trying to be civil...you instead diatribe like a troll.
1. because you wouldn't be able to sell something for that little (a nickel), you'd have to stack sell or GAH them.
If I GAH'd 400 gems at the gold equivalent of a nickel, I could sell that gold for the gold equivalent of selling 400 gems (400 nickels omg!). Just as I could buy the gold equivalent of a 400 nickels to buy 400 gems off the AH for 400 nickels.
Try looking at facts before trolling with extremely ineffective talking points. Is that what you are savageSOVIET? A 1/10 troll?
Thats the idea of the original post. This is blizzard's replacement for the level 99 cap in diablo 2. Players were hitting 99 even though it wasn't really supposed to happen. Bliz figures the grind should be in the items and not the level, so you have the gem system =)
seems like way too much money to pay for just a single gem.
but how common is a rank 5 gem? every gem will be worth picking up because you'll be contributing to the next rank, but still... if I found 1 gem per hour, it would take me like a year to create a single max rank perfect gem.
but remember, this is digital money we're talking about, so you might see a gem sell for fractions of a penny! :P
Edited by Fuglypump on 9/5/2011 9:14 PM PDT
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