The Black Legionnares
Posted - 2011.09.04 00:11:00 - [1
As you were aware yesterday, 02 SEPT 2011, CCP announced a deal on PLEX. You can buy 13 PLEX for $199.99. I like it when they do the .99 cents things. Lets just make it even $200. It’s truly is a great deal if you do the math. When you buy a Game Time Card or GTC for 60 days of game time, you pay $34.99. Lets make that even $35 as well. A GTC can be split into 2 PLEX once you redeem them online. So if you do the math, a PLEX by itself is $17.50. Now if you buy a PLEX at that price, you should be paying $227.50 for 13 PLEX. Customer saves $27.50 or 13.75% off when they purchase this deal from CCP. That’s not that bad deal. I forgot to mention CCP also sells single PLEX for $19.95 or even $20. Who going to pay that if you can get 2 for $15? Might as well bite the bullet and shell out the extra $15, unless you like donating extra $5 to CCP. Pretty sure they wouldn’t mind you doing that as well.
I brought this topic up with my friend, Traveler 00 to discuss on why they would be offering such a good deal on PLEX. Our only theory is that CCP is trying to combat against ISK farmers that are illegally selling PLEX and ISK for real money. By offering such a good deal on PLEX, CCP is trying to make harder for farmers to make a profit if people find it cheaper to buy from CCP than buying from illegal websites selling PLEX and ISK.
Now is it working? Farmers or illegal websites only have 3 options. Either stop selling PLEX, Keep selling at their current price and keep seeing people buy from CCP, or lower their prices. They picked the last option, drop their prices. I did a little Google search on people who are selling PLEX, ISK, and other EVE online Items illegally. I found 2 websites,
Links to illegal sites removed. Spitfire
So back to the question, Is it working? Yes and no. CCP is making it harder for farmers or illegal websites to sell PLEX by cutting into their profit margins, but CCP is also just creating competition which only benefit’s the consumers. Consumers may just take the risk and just buy PLEX from these illegal sites because of the such low prices they offer. What will CCP do then to combat this problem? Drop prices even more by offering better deals? By dropping prices even more, will farmers just lower their prices again? Then what will CCP do then, lower prices to the point where they are barely making profit? This might be spiraling effect CCP might not be able to fight if they decide go this route. I really don’t know.
While bringing up this topic with others in mint chip‘s in-game chat(mintchiplol in-game chat, Mintchip‘s Channel), I found complaints about CCP overcharging euro paying customers by charging them the same price as American paying customers, while the dollar and euro currency exchange rate is 1 US dollar = 0.6966 euros. Why charge euro paying customers the same price as US dollar paying customers if the euro is worth more than the US dollar? I certainly wouldn’t pay more. Most euro players have told me that instead of buying game time from CCP, they buy from official US GTC resellers. So they pay $34.99 or $35 even from the GTC resellers but are actually just paying 24.50 euros since they exchange their currency for US dollars. This deal from CCP with the 13 PLEX is not even worth it for euro paying customers since they can just go buy 13 PLEX for 159.95 euros if they were sold individually like that(14 PLEX or 7 GTC=.171.50 euros, still not worth it). This is a problem CCP needs to fix. Some euro players and paying too much compared to other players. If this is not true, do please comment on my blog about it and I’ll gladly correct myself. Here the Link for my blog, [url="http://www.davidfightmaster.c