On Monocles and Exotic dancers

First off, let’s all thank CCP for the shiny new gun models and walking in stations. My C6 tengu multiboxing operation thanks you as they fly backwards into the void.

On topic now, there’s been a good amount of complaints from the eve community about monocles, buyable now from your local eve client using Aurum(tm), the new currency that seems a bit unnecessary. Using the current conversion rates, that works out to bil 1.4 or 60 US dollars. The main complaint is that “it’s too expensive”.

Having slept through a high school microeconomics class, sleepwalked through a college microeconomics class and gotten my ass kicked by a significantly harder college macroeconomics class, I feel qualified to say no, it isn’t.

For my main point, it’s a fucking monocle. Team fortress 2 has a monocle for their Engineer class, and though it looks awesome, especially with some other items, it has no effect on gameplay.

On a related note while the “Googly gazer” is currently prices at 12.99$, the “Teddy Roosebelt” is selling for 17.49$ atm, likewise with no effect on gameplay except fo- awww, look at the teddy bear……

Isn’t he fluffy?

Anyway, people are buying those teddy bears by the thousands. They have no impact on gameplay except for anyone that is killed by you will see not only you on the kill record but also Mr. Snuggles.

In this case, valve is satisfied with the amount of people buying the teddybears, I.E. the demand. Since these and all other online items cost nothing to make besides designing it, the supply curve is a nice constant. Thus the price is driven solely by demand, so CCP has to experiment to find the slope of the demand curve that has the most profit.

Edit: The released mail announcing the sale of 51 monocles so far confirms that CCP does, apparently, have an economist working for them. Who knew?

At time of writing CCP has announced plans to actually have items that cost less than a plex, so apart from releasing a highly expensive monocle FIRST instead of, say, after tattoos for 10 mil or something similar that could’ve setup a secondary market.

People are telling me they’re upset because this could lead to weapons and “golden ammo” being bought with cash instead of being mined by bots, built with no margin due to jita prices, bought and sold an average of six times before getting to the average capsuleer. That’s a road that no games wants to go down, and if Eve ever gets to that point, I’ll be out there with everyone else, canceling subs and posting in allcaps on forums.

Until then, enjoy the expensive pants.

P.S. How much would you pay for an exotic dancer with pole in your CQ?

6 Comments on “On Monocles and Exotic dancers”

  1. Druur Monakh says:

    For a stripper pole? Nothing. However, a truely animated space kitten, bouncing around my quarters and welcoming me home when I dock….

  2. Nolan Smith says:

    I would pay more than the current price of the monocle for a pole dancer in my CQ.

  3. Nekre says:

    Finally someone with some freaking sense in New Eden. I’m sick and tired of people emo raging over what might be. And btw I wouldn’t mind golden ships if they were minecraft (aka real) golden not WoW golden… meaning nice to look at and expensive bug crap to fight in. I want some nice expensive things to shoot at and the knowledge that they might be purchased with real money makes the kill so much sweeter!

  4. darkfall13 says:

    I think the real reason is the “Greed is Good?” newsletter NOT the prices, though they are not in line with normal MMO ranges

  5. Kename Fin says:

    My rage has nothing to do with selling crap in EVE. While I could care less about shiny pants, fishy eyes or leather thongs – I am however concerned when said crap forces the software to run slower, react poorly and generally be less viable. I am growing increasingly concerned at the lack of QC and QA that seems to happen around CCPs releases and the somewhat nonchalant responses given to the public when questions about quality are raised.

    My inner industrialist is a bit frustrated that I cannot fabricate monocles, pants and thongs for sale.

  6. Gerth Dopple says:

    Since 1 ISK is an astronomical amount (If my understanding of the short stories I’ve read is correct) to any non-capsuleer, I’d be perfectly willing to pay as much as 1-2 ISK per month for said Space Muffin

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