CRAH Can Lead To CRASH
This blog is in response to the subject of Cross-Realm Auction Houses or CRAH as indicated in Cold's Blogging Carnival November 2012. This is merely my personal opinion as there will be many different ones on this subject. I will have two different sides to this based on my own auction house experiences.
With a possible merger of realms to share the auction house, it will most definitely be a buyer's market. Imagine this scenario: You are a buyer who always has to dish out chunks of gold for items that are scarce on your realm. Your specific realm is a low population realm and you are not really the type who enjoys farming or gathering items/mats. You are merged with a high population realm where there is a plethora of items that you are always looking for AND they are super cheap. It is a joyous day as you kick your heels in the air and plant yourself in the auction house for a long time, buying all you need for minimum gold that you have. This is a win-win situation for most of the buyers in WOW.
Being a prosperous WOW auction house seller, I can already feel the prices drop like a big rock in a small pond. The CRAH would possibly crash the auction house as we know it. Honestly, this would drive the prices of most items in a downward spiral along with an over abundance of items available to everyone for cheap prices. Not only would the market suffer, but those who actually farm and work hard to obtain items/mats would have to compete with other sellers even more so. Despair, despair. Sigh. The supply would be very high which would lead to the demand being very low. Basic economics that even a new player can understand.
As I speak, many of my friends and guild members are still unhappy about players in our "turf" so to speak. The farming and questing is harder now with these "vagabonds" taking our resources. I often see players from different realms overcrowding popular farming areas and zones which makes it a frustrating chore to farm or do questing. Let's add the CRAH in the mix and now these "realm-hoppers" are farming MY realm's resources to sell it back to MY realm. Senseless to me. Nevertheless, as with previous Blizzard propaganda, I will adapt and survive.
I see both sides of the buyer and seller and what could transpire and who would benefit if this CRAH were to actually come into effect. I am not for this change, but I would still play WOW since it is my hobby and I do enjoy the game.