A couple weeks ago, I was lurking in the Trading Post chat. I do that from time to time.
Someone posted, "Can I get a price check on this booster." And one of the regulars answered, "0.6375."
He was serious, ...like there was some precise scientific formula for pricing one pack over another.
We shouldn't put so much faith in the booster to booster trade offers as a price reference. When someone says, "They're going for 0.85 in Public," I think that's comical. First, because these things are done on personal whims (or needs). But mostly, because these "pack ratio" trades are always lopsided toward the guys who think they're the next Rockefeller of virtual cards. I don't blame them for trying, but somehow we've gotten away from simple exchanges.
@OU7C4ST, I see this in the Pack Ratios of your guide. When you change the value of Lost Thunder from 1.1, to 1.15 the next week, you're either being overly influenced by the profiteers, or you've forgotten what kids have to deal with. I mean, really? ...a booster pack is 1/20th better, or more popular this week?
I understand (or I think I do) how you've been influenced. And since you were an owner of a Trading Company (Phantom Knight, with Ben), I can also see why you think this model is the way it's supposed to be.
Somehow, can we rethink making all of this simpler, and more consistent? As Chasista pointed out, who's to say which is more valuable? To one player, who's looking for Tapu Lele, they are after Guardians Rising packs (yes, there will always be those still looking). And another player, just because of the sheer size of Lost Thunder (twice the size of a normal set), will be looking for LOT cards and those booster packs.
THE GUIDE shows micro-fractions for many of the boosters. That's a perception that may not match what people are actually trading.
Celestial Storm 0.55
Forbidden Light 0.45
Ultra Prism 0.66
Crimson Invasion 0.5
Burning Shadows 0.5
^^ I make trades, and accept trades, all day long, without any difference between these boosters. Basically, they're all worth the same. As with XY-era packs, where the difference between one of 0.33 value and one of 0.35 value is a joke.
Kids think this way. They're mostly equal. Who's to say different? ...There again, only the profiteers.
Is there any way we can change this obsolete Trading Company mindset?
Edited by RobRatt, 09 January 2019 - 10:52 AM.