When late last year the "Send gift to a friend" option was added, it created a new market. People started to send Power Packs/Combat Stashes/War Stashes/Assault Packs/Gold Packs to other players in return for agreed sum of money. I was among the first to trade them.
Now the problem is that these packs aren't cheap. An average price is within 15,000-20,000cc. This naturally attracts shady people - scammers, who accept to buy a pack for someone but, after receiving money, don't buy anything. While in case of other products, like food or weapons, scammers can be totally avoided by using the marketplace, such a possibility doesn't exist for packs. The only way is to do it "under the table".
My suggestion is to support pack trading in the game mechanics. I can imagine at least 2 ways to do this:
- In the special items page an option to buy for sale would appear under packs. After buying one, you would be able to post it on the market. The bought pack would be seen in the inventory with an option to use it for yourself, provided you meet the requirements.
- Escrow. A seller posts an offer on the market. A buyer makes a purchase and the price is deducted from their account and put on hold. Then the seller has some amount of time (say up to 24h) to buy the pack for real money, which is automatically sent to the buyer. Only then the seller receives the money. There would be a limit of 1 offer per pack type per player in order to avoid abusers. Also sellers not keeping their part of deals would be banned from making further offers on the pack markets.
Also the usual "50% gold back" would apply to these transactions so we would see cyclical price fluctuations.
Advantages for players:
- Scammer elimination - every transaction is secure so you can't lose money.
- More competition => better prices
- Less Pay-to-Win feel, because it would be much easier to buy something that until now has been obtainable for real money only.
Advantages for Plato:
- More $$$$$$$ - more people would make pack transactions so there would be more real money purchases.
- Less work for the support as there wouldn't be any complaints about scammers.
As we can see, this is clearly a win-win suggestion for everyone.
Edited by Zordacz, 25 October 2015 - 08:04 AM.