The Daily Grind: What do you buy in MMO cash shops?

    
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I’m excessively picky about what I buy in MMO cash shops. I’ll buy necessities like backpack and bank slots, character slots and classes. Occasionally I’ll buy cosmetic gear like mounts (yes, I have a sparklepony) or clothing (so much money poured into City of Heroes costume parts, you guys), but past a certain dollar limit, I simply won’t pay. Ten bucks for a sword skin? I can’t bring myself to do it, no matter how awesome I will look wielding it. I don’t buy consumables really either, though I have made some bizarre purchases like garden beds in Ultima Online so that I can grow plants while AFK. Shush you.

One thing I don’t buy? Lockboxes. I never, ever buy lockboxes. Ever.

What about you? Are you one of the folks spending thousands on ships in Star Citizen? Are you the guy who buys keys for lockboxes for skin tickets in Guild Wars 2 and puts them on the market? Who are you people? What do you actually buy in cash shops?

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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Nothing anymore.

se7engames
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se7engames

The only lockbox I partake of is the one on Super Hero Squad Online.
In every other game i’ll buy mostly cosmetic type stuff. I like to look gooood while traveling!

Drakani
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Drakani

Mounts and outfits, mostly. And holiday gift bags in TSW, which contain a variety of mounts and outfits.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

playerxx Rift used to be a horrible offender for this. Their cash shop/lockbox promos would get announced in game as a World Event. Eventually enough people complained that they got their own Promo Event label. A new lockbox isn’t a world event. Go away.

amkosh
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amkosh

It depends.  If I like the game and want it to succeed, I don’t care as much what I buy.  I do buy the items that are cool to me, or then I go with the random stuff, like lockboxes, packs, etc.  If I don’t care about the game, then it has to have something super freakin cool to grab me, or I have to feel really guilty about mooching off of it.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

Damonvile DamnDirtyApe Vikingr Go here Damon https://robertsspaceindustries.com/pledge/ships   The cheapest ship is the Snub Fighter at $20 I believe.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

DamnDirtyApe Damonvile Vikingr It is but isn’t a cash shop. The single ship sales were made mainly for us backers who want to support the game more but don’t to pay for another package. Some of us also gift ships to other players.

Landari_Omega
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Landari_Omega

Mostly quality of life things on my end. Occasionally I’ll buy something dumb like avatar sunglasses and swimming trunks but that’s about where I draw the line. Lockboxes and Roulette style things I won’t ever touch. I think the most I’ve ever spent on a character was like $50 over the course of a two years on little things.

I’ve known some people who would spend $75+ on lockbox/lottery spins for a 2% chance to get a rare costume. Thats nuts. Bonkers. I wouldn’t spend that on a real costume.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

I do not care much for cosmetic or pet pixels, but I have spent in-game currency on them if allowed and when said currency gets to the point of being useless for anything else -as is increasingly the case. 
I have no issue dropping rl money on bag/bank space, char slots, or even mounts (if they have a speed increase). Extra content I will surely jump on if I found the precious stuff fun.

I never buy consumables/boosts and even if I get them for free I usually do not use them.  I shy away from subs that have boosts.
Having lockboxes in the shop is a big detractor from me even considering to play the game at all.
And the worst……the worst fucking cash shop phrase that makes me cringe like no tomorrow is…..”We will only have convenience items?”…..the awkward pause after that phrase is said is always where everyone on each side of the conversation acknowledges that they are going to twist the word convenience into meaning whatever they can get away with plus a lil bit more.  Trump is going to be stealing that phrase soon.

Celestia
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Celestia

The only cash shop I spent money on was City of Heroes which offered costume packs way back before anyone had heard the words “cash shop” and “MMO” uttered in the same sentence.  I also bought the Make A Wish WoW pet last year when I was dabbling in Azeroth since 100% of the money went to charity.

I don’t mind cosmetic items as add on premium purchases especially if part or all of the proceeds go to charity.