With Any MMO there are the Blackmarket services goldseller, powerlevling and account sellers. Depending on the MMO model its easier to deal with them others . Lets look at some examples:
The Free 2 Play model - Some of these actually sell in game currency or items
Traditional MMO -
- Eve Online - They sell game cards you can sell for ingame cash
- WOW - Recently took Glider to Court and Are Stopping Gold Sellers using Paypal
Blizzard are active against Goldsellers and Bots but what happened when Warden ( blizzards Defence ) gets updated and The bots don't work ?
There has recently been talk of A Banwave on the Bots that are currently out there but I have yet to hear or see massive evidence of this , but one theory is this has shaken the confidence of the gold sellers and Botters .
Has there been a impact ?
Many people on different server are reporting obsidium ore and Elementium ore Under vendor value ( working off the Assumption that you will get 5 gems at 9g each so vendor values = 45g).I know on my Server I Brought well over 500 stacks of ore around this price as its a safe investment .
But Why have these been dumped on the Market ?
For a gold seller or farmer they are on the clock , they are not bothered with the best profit just bothered with getting there gold and the quickest way is to sell it on the AH.
I also suspect with the Recent update to warden and the Paypal issue gold sellers are wanting to maximise the profits ASAP .
Could this just be the market settling ?
The current drop in ore prices could just be the market settling down , as people have now levelled up there profession and there isn't the same demand for ore as there once was .
Gold sellers and Bots are there and with the recent changes and court cases has there been some loss of confidence and in my opinion stock has been dumped onto the AH to make sure they have gold and not ore hanging about in there bags .
Will the prices stay low ?
Well this is server dependent , is there a need for ore ? Is there alot of bots on your server ?
I cant answer this one but in my view until blizzard makes more gear available for lvl 85's then the Ore will become less needed and value will drop to about the 50g a stack mark.
What the price on your server ?
Are the Bots having a impact ?
Do you have a good use for your ore ?