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I don't know if they would risk their game doing that. If they started selling items directly it could ruin the game with too much availability plus the community wouldn't stand for it.
I can see them making purchase specific items available but I doubt they would put normal equipment/commodities available.
Does Blizzard plan to post weapons, armor, and other such items for sale in the real-money version of the auction house?
The currency-based auction house is a place for players to purchase or sell items they’ve obtained within the game. Blizzard does not plan to post items that affect gameplay in the auction house directly.
Will Blizzard sell anything directly through the gold- or real-money auction house?
All items in the gold- and real-money auction house are placed up for sale by other players. We don't have any plans at this time to post items for sale in the gold- or real-money auction house directly.
that sounds like everything cosmetic or not.
"At this time" / "right now" - just like in WoW you would never be able to faction, race or server change. You'd never be able to buy gold (Guardian Cub). Etc, etc. etc...
There are so many "will never happen" / "not at this time" things that did end up happening in WoW, that it's crazy. I personally think most of those changes were really fine, but the majority involved Blizz making money from it.
Blizz selling items in the RMAH against actual players is akin to insider trading on the stock market. They could just click a button and create items that could sell for a couple hundred dollars. Hopefully they never, ever do that. In my opinion their line on it should be "we will never sell items in game, its an AH not a cash store."
Let's hope it never happens and that Blizz has no need/desire to shape the economy. Just don't be surprised if it happens.
If they ever did start to sell items, I'm sure they would be very transparent about it. And they would never sell something against another player because it would compromise the integrity of the AH. They would have to sell stuff where they were the only source or only they could do, such as a character transfer or something like the wings that come with the collector's edition. I don't see what would be the problem with that.
Actually I don't think Blizzard needs to take such actions to massively profit from the RMAH.
Think about it. Blizzard will repeatedly earn off every $ that comes into the system from the outside.
1. Cashouts will entail cuts between $ 1 and $ 37,50 (items) and $ 0.37 and $ 75,00 (commodities). These cuts will partly be split with paypal. Funds leaving the Battle.net accounts are taxed in this way.
2. This leads to an incentive to keep the money in the system.
The Battle.net balance will be used
a) to buy blizzard products/services = direct profit.
b) to again buy on one of the AH's which again moves the money to the cut-cycles of 1. or 2.
In any case Blizzard ensures they will repeatedly profit from funds put into the system. Quite clever IMO.
the way the system is built they don't need to to make gobs of money ..
could it happen.. of course .. will some people even in blizzard try and cheat .. maybe.. but will it be some thing that will get out of control..
i think the first time a blizzard employee is taken out of the office in cuff and charged with a few crimes .. it will kinda tilt the risk reward scale away from doing it
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