The Daily Grind: Do MMO market undercutters grind your gears?


MOP’s Carlo proposed this question for a Daily Grind run: Do MMO market undercutters annoy you? “I undercut the market so I can move my product sooner,” he says. “I don’t care about the game’s overall economy, and whenever someone complains about how undercutters ruin the server’s economy, I laugh.”

I am not as much of a troll as Carlo (<3), but I admit I sometimes have the same reaction to people who clutch their pearls over undercutting on markets – and I live for MMO crafting and trade. But at the same time, living for MMO crafting and trade has taught me that most MMO crafting and trade is broken beyond belief, and it’s not really The Invisible Hand Of The Market At Work when someone with a lot of free time or an app can just auto-drop bids by one copper all day long. The reverse is also highly annoying when you’re trying to price your goods reasonably to help newbies, but the game’s mechanics are easily manipulated and the devs do nothing to stop market exploitation.

Do MMO market undercutters bother you? Is undercutting fair game, or do you see it as merely a symptom of broken systems that aren’t up to the players to fix?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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