Why in the name of Farmer Nellys Long-Johns are you still on Duskwood? Find a different realm to raid on. There are a lot of raid guilds to choose from that are much further than Duskwood and make progress faster. We have 1 guild here that dominates the entire raid division and nobody even catches up for months at a time..it's sad. Spoon isn't exactly the magnanimous type either ; just like past guilds that dominated the mainstream of raiding such as <Shai Hulud>,<Lichborne>, they have worn their record somewhat like a crown to create this feeling of being superior to anyone who is not on the same raid grid as they are and all the other guilds are just raid hobbyist. Whether or not you like Spoon, you can't deny they are probably the reason that this is the only realm with such a odd-set raid focal. It got to the point where the guild could set up a *For Sale* sign and sell instance runs because they were the only ones on the faction and realm who had completed that instance.
In fairness Spoon did not abuse their exclusiveness at all nor did they raise the price to outrageous extremes like they could have. Their power to monopoly is expressed and reflected in other realms prices. On Illdan I was sold a FL heroic carry for 10k - I had bought one from Spoon and didn't need one, this was for a friend - I was told repetitively that I was wasting my money paying an outlandish sum for a simple carry, which is probably ensued every week once lockouts were cleared.
This is also reflected in the fact that Spoons guild bank is gold capped and also a lot of members got rich from the fluidity the bank had. At first Spoon split the cash they were making off the mount runs and giving 6.6k to each carrier, but then tried a different way to sell it where people would pay just as much for gear and maybe even a little more for a full run apposed to just a rag kill. Spoon drove the price up to 200k for a mount/title and 10k per piece of gear, this idea turned out to be gauche and defective, so Spoon quickly drove back down the price but still kept their 10k per gear model.
Revenue from runs started to slow as more guilds like <Derpwood> and <Anomaly> started to complete this raid and sell runs as well. Spoon was quick to band-aid themselves from this slight snag by moving on to sell both Regular and Heroic Dragon Soul (DS) runs. Firestyle,the raid leader of these instance runs, took on a new business model of selling these carries. Instead of selling the runs with price options for gear/title/mount, he would just sell them the bundle of getting all, whether or not you chose any of the 3. This made Spoon look nonchalant - they didn't bargain with you, there was a price and either you paid it or you didn't - this new passive-aggressive business ideal came as a large benefit to Spoon when dealing with strenuous customers who had no choice but to settle for the given price. Spoon sold these runs for weeks and then months, selling regular runs on the 2nd team or their alts for 60k just like the H-FL runs - this served very beneficial because they ran these raids with half-full groups anyway, so if they had a customer that week they could bring them at their discretion - H-DS runs were sold for 180k and were nonnegotiable to being changed because of customer lamentations or disagreements. Spoon still sold runs despite Derpwood's conspicuous attempts of trying to undercut Spoons runs by selling their own close to half the price at 120k for the whole bundle, this sometimes seeping any price that was profitable.
To counter this cultivating problem in lack of sales, Derpwood decided to also sell DS runs, but not only to Duskwood, but to other realms as well. Nick, the Guild Master and Co-Founder of Derpwood, did what any Guild Master would do in hopes of gathering the attention of his fellow Duskwoodians and World of Warcrafters, he went to the forums. Surprisingly enough Nick started getting post on the forums and in-game mail from people on different realms asking him if the sell was guaranteed and when he wanted them to transfer their characters for the run. The successful advertisement obviously made Nick and his guildies feel very ebullient and sanguine about completing the deals.
When time came for the runs however, almost nobody showed up as promised. This made Nick sad and even a little apathetic that the runs were overstated. Nick still sells runs to all both close and foreign to Duskwood. Spoon still maintains the top rank and there is no sign of losing it any time soon. Maybe somewhere in the near or distant future there will be a guild skilled enough to challenge Spoons abrasive ability at reaping achievements and loot.