User:Tennessee Ernie Ford/Price checks/How much are War Supplies worth
How much are War Supplies worth?
This is one of my favorite examples of how free markets aren't perfect and human beings exhibit...human nature, since War Supplies vary in worth depending on who is buying or why:
- 280–400, since Oppressor's Weapons fetch 70-100 in Lion's Arch.
- 166–233, since Royal Gifts are bought for 2.5–3.5.
- 250–420 is the range for WTB/WTS for the supplies themselves.
Sometimes, it's easier to find an O-weapon for a low price than to find War Supplies in bulk. So, if you happen to have 200 and want to buy 50 more, you might be better off selling them for 350 each and using those funds to buy a weapon @70k (net cost: 0) versus finding a seller for 50 more supplies (net cost: 10–20k).
- Conversion rates
- 1 Medal of Honor = 25 War Supplies → 1 Oppressor's Weapon (10 Medals) = 250 War Supplies
- 1 Royal Gift = 15 War Supplies
- Other uses — sweets
- Although War Supplies give a sweet point, this doesn't influence its trade value (and if it did, it would drive prices higher):
- No one should pay more than 200/point for sweets because Red Bean Cakes are available in infinite supply at that value. However, the minimum historical price for supplies is more than that.
- Sweets that offer other benefits are priced according to their supply and the demand for the benefit (not for the sweet):
- The demand for supplies is driven by the cost of O-weapons, interest in Royal Gifts, and the +1 regen/+5 AR benefit of the consumable.
- The supply of, erm, supplies, is driven by how many people go after Wanted! bounties, the number of Rise farmers, and the number of people looking for WiK-related miniatures.
- Other uses — solo and speed clearing builds
(thanks to User:Naloj for reminding me of this important usage)
- Supplies are also used by players that speed clear or attempt to break challenge mission records (or even just to uncover the fog in Remains of Sahlahja).
- These players are typically willing to spend more on supplies (and, in my experience, often volunteer to pay extra).
- However, they are far outnumbered by those interested in buying O-weapons and/or Royal Gifts: at least nine of ten sales are are for small amounts...and even most stack sales are to those buying a weapon.
- Historical values
As odd as that discrepancy is, it's not nearly as bad as it was during the first six months after Medals/O-weapons were introduced. At that time, individual supplies could easily be sold for 500–600 each, while the maximum selling price for O-weapons was about 90 (i.e. 360supply).