Blizzard announced the Diablo 3 beta today. Exciting, but not the biggest deal in the world. But take a note of this:
This is from the Auction House. You can sell items for either in-game money or actual U.S. dollars.
In World of Warcraft, I made a crap-ton of (fake) money via the Auction House system by taking advantage of people who weren’t so good at knowing the real value of stuff (or were willing to sacrifice more money for quick money).
While I may end up making a little bit of spending money, there are a few reasons why I won’t expect to turn much of a profit:
Professionals will surely abound. It won’t be like dealing with mostly amateurs on a WoW server.
It could be more difficult to gauge the fair market value. In WoW, almost items were like Copper Ore. A piece of ore is always a piece of ore, and it was fairly easy to determine the market value.
In Diablo 3, most equipment has randomly generated statistics. How valuable is this Double Axe with increased attack speed and lifesteal versus this other Double Axe with stat bonuses and increased damage? It can be more subjective. Buy and repost will be tougher.
If most people are like me, they will never bother spending real money on a fake weapon or ring.
I play games for FUN first. An awesome item will only be sold if I or a friend has no use for it!