VIP is not tradable anymore, i been waiting for the update it's been killing the economy
The VIP from compensation is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the amount of VIP being bought directly from cash shop. Look at the empirical evidence instead of just wildly speculating. The shopping boards show that most of the VIP boxes being sold were 10-day boxes; i.e. the ones that were never given as compensation. This was true even before they made the compensation VIP boxes untradable. That cash shop VIP is far more common should not come as a surprise. People can get 10-day VIP anytime, but there's a finite supply of compensation VIP no matter how many accounts people have. Note that I'm generously assuming every person tried to sell their compensation. Many, if not most, would have used the compensation instead or stored it for future personal use.
By the way, the market price of 10-day VIP is far cheaper than any of the lesser boxes ever were. Why would you pay 1.5x or double the price per day when you can pay less for each day of VIP by buying the cash shop version? I was around when 10-day boxes were still being vended for 150m. If a 2-day version was 50m, that's way more expensive per day than the 10-day version.
And these are consumables we're talking about. They're not permanent pieces of equipment that float around the market indefinitely. Even if there was any trading, the boxes would eventually get used up.
Let's dispense with any myth that people are hoarding or buying and selling compensation VIP boxes for profit. To be frank, even selling an entire YEAR of compensation VIP and then buying it back for a cheaper price wouldn't give enough profit to be worth the time of even a moderately wealthy player. If anyone were hoarding VIP, it wouldn't be to sell them at inflated prices, because the price of any compensation VIP would be permanently kept in check by cash shop VIP. It would be primarily for personal use, as intended.
For all these reasons, if there was any impact on the market for 10-day VIP boxes from tradable compensation, the impact was negligible and will only decrease further as time passes.
Please make the vip 1/2/5 day scrolls tradable again. Making them account bound suddenly effectively makes them useless to players with multiple accounts who keep things more organized than a single account player. I sure as heck do not need 40x 5 day vip scrolls on a storage account.
As for taking screenshots of players with stacks of them, so what? Some players actually do VIP multiple accounts at once, and putting them onto 1 character makes it easier to organize. All that has been accomplished by making them account bound now is a spit in the eye to the past rewards and to players who haven't yet utilized them.
I still buy the 7day vip scrolls from the cash shop. In the past month Ive bought 30x 7 day vip scrolls. And yes I am a player with a large stack of the compensation VIP scrolls on 1 charater. But that is for ORGANIZATION purposes....
Please, allow them to be tradable again. What is the purpose of a 1 day VIP compensation if you do not allow me to to utilize it how I choose to? The compensation is for time lost and plans ruined. Why ruin them futher.
It has not been killing the economy or any negative effect. Personally I play with multiple accounts. One week I may want 12 accounts VIP'd and others I may just want 1 or two. The compensation aspect is for the VIP time itself or in the past the 5/2 day ones were purely a gift to the community.
In this specific situation the VIP compensation for servers being instable it makes sense to give back the time lost on vip. But that time was lost on a weekend, for many it interrupted plans. I personally had 12 accounts VIP'd and had a leveling goal in mind for that holiday weekend.
And this is exactly the problem the complaint about imaginary effects on the economy miss. People who get compensated for their time should get to decide HOW they spent their time. If you routinely play on multiple accounts, you shouldn't be told how much time you're allowed to spend on each account. Is it 1 day on each account, or is it 3 days on one and 4 days on another? This should be the player's decision. I too organize my stuff by shoving them onto one account. As a result, the recent change to make compensation account bound did far more damage to me than the newly given 1-day compensation ever gave me back. I never tried to sell even ONE of the VIP boxes I got as compensation. If you're going to give "compensation" like this, you might as well not compensate us at all. That way, at least everyone is on a level playing field. Go ahead. Destroy every VIP compensation item you've ever given out, and it'll make virtually no difference to me. That's how much damage you did by making VIP untradable.
Thanks for making most of my past "compensation" useless. Even if someone decided to trade the VIP items to another character temporarily rather than going through the hassle of putting them in storage, you've just locked them to the wrong account. I routinely do this with equipment. Imagine if all your equipment suddenly became locked to the character you were using to transfer them. The decision to suddenly change past compensation without warning was poorly thought out and did far more harm than good. Please reconsider.
Edited by JadedCynic, 29 May 2020 - 01:09 PM.