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Unstable Arbiterís Lightsaber for Direct Sale

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Unstable Arbiterís Lightsaber for Direct Sale
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EricMusco
03.07.2017 , 10:50 AM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Hey folks,

Later today we are going to be adding the first ever Platinum rarity item to the Cartel Market for direct sale, the Unstable Arbiterís Lightsaber. The single-handed saber is going to be on sale from today, Tuesday 3/7 through next Tuesday 3/14 at the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins.

Before the item is posted we wanted to let you about why we are offering a Platinum item at all and the rationale for its price.

Why put up a platinum item for direct sale?
Since the introduction of Cartel Market packs we have had requests to allow more items, especially our rarest items, to be bought directly with Cartel Coins. The desire is to pay for the item and avoid the random nature of Cartel packs. For some time now, we have been direct selling more Cartel pack items and our data shows itís a popular method of acquiring specific items from the Cartel Market. Yet, we have been cautious of doing this with Platinum items, as these items are intended to be exceptionally rare and we need to ensure we do not cause them to be undervalued, especially for players who got them from packs.

Why the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins?
Itís a lot of Cartel Coins, but this sale is directed at those players who have the resources to acquire the item. The price is set higher than current Hypercrates and previous Gold rarity items to help maintain the rarity of the Unstable Saber. We may discover that direct selling Platinum items erodes their value, and that will have an impact on how we handle these sales in the future. Basically, this is a test and we wanted you to be aware of what we are doing and why.

The net result for us is we want to see if this is something our players have interest in. While ensuring it doesnít undermine the value for players who already have one and see how receptive everyone will be to us continuing to rotate other Platinum items into the Cartel Market in the future. More than likely, we would not direct sale Platinum items until theyíve been unavailable from Cartel Packs for a number of months. This will also help maintain their rarity for a fairly long time.

Thanks everyone.

-eric
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Ratajack
03.07.2017 , 10:55 AM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey folks,

Later today we are going to be adding the first ever Platinum rarity item to the Cartel Market for direct sale, the Unstable Arbiterís Lightsaber. The single-handed saber is going to be on sale from today, Tuesday 3/7 through next Tuesday 3/14 at the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins.

Before the item is posted we wanted to let you about why we are offering a Platinum item at all and the rationale for its price.

Why put up a platinum item for direct sale?
Since the introduction of Cartel Market packs we have had requests to allow more items, especially our rarest items, to be bought directly with Cartel Coins. The desire is to pay for the item and avoid the random nature of Cartel packs. For some time now, we have been direct selling more Cartel pack items and our data shows itís a popular method of acquiring specific items from the Cartel Market. Yet, we have been cautious of doing this with Platinum items, as these items are intended to be exceptionally rare and we need to ensure we do not cause them to be undervalued, especially for players who got them from packs.

Why the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins?
Itís a lot of Cartel Coins, but this sale is directed at those players who have the resources to acquire the item. The price is set higher than current Hypercrates and previous Gold rarity items to help maintain the rarity of the Unstable Saber. We may discover that direct selling Platinum items erodes their value, and that will have an impact on how we handle these sales in the future. Basically, this is a test and we wanted you to be aware of what we are doing and why.

The net result for us is we want to see if this is something our players have interest in. While ensuring it doesnít undermine the value for players who already have one and see how receptive everyone will be to us continuing to rotate other Platinum items into the Cartel Market in the future. More than likely, we would not direct sale Platinum items until theyíve been unavailable from Cartel Packs for a number of months. This will also help maintain their rarity for a fairly long time.

Thanks everyone.

-eric
In before the cries of "FOUL!!!!!!", "PRICE GOUGING!!!!!" or "That is TOO MUCH!!!!".

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Jerba
03.07.2017 , 10:56 AM | #3
Hopefully, this doesn't mean that you are moving away from the GTN as the primary method of getting specific Cartel Market items. I do buy a pack or Hypercrate from time to time with Cartel Coins, but I always get my items from the GTN.
If someone doesn't have the 50+ million credits to buy the Unstable Lightsaber from the GTN, he should just buy a few Hypercrates and convert them to credits, that would increase the supply on the GTN and there'd be no need to offer direct-sale items.
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ImmortalLowlife
03.07.2017 , 11:06 AM | #4
7600 CC's.....

Well....I do want this, but the way my bank account is set up...
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Talon_strikes
03.07.2017 , 11:12 AM | #5
I can't wait to see all of the tears from the GTN and Cartel Market whales who control the market and special snowflakes. I hope to see this be done more often.
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FtWorthJim
03.07.2017 , 11:13 AM | #6
Eric,

CM Weapons are fantastic... except for the inability to use them at the end game if you utilize legacy gear. Is there any chance that CM weapons can be granted a Legacy tag going forward so that our alts and other mirror classes can share their weapons?

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Ratajack
03.07.2017 , 11:17 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by FtWorthJim View Post
Eric,

CM Weapons are fantastic... except for the inability to use them at the end game if you utilize legacy gear. Is there any chance that CM weapons can be granted a Legacy tag going forward so that our alts and other mirror classes can share their weapons?
It may cost some credits, which seem to rain from the sky these days, but you can move those mods from the legacy weapon to your weapon of choice.

Is that as convenient and cheap as legacy weapons would be? No, but it does keep the CM items consistent.

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RiVaN_
03.07.2017 , 11:23 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey folks,

Later today we are going to be adding the first ever Platinum rarity item to the Cartel Market for direct sale, the Unstable Arbiterís Lightsaber. The single-handed saber is going to be on sale from today, Tuesday 3/7 through next Tuesday 3/14 at the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins.



Why the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins?
Itís a lot of Cartel Coins, but this sale is directed at those players who have the resources to acquire the item. The price is set higher than current Hypercrates and previous Gold rarity items to help maintain the rarity of the Unstable Saber. We may discover that direct selling Platinum items erodes their value, and that will have an impact on how we handle these sales in the future. Basically, this is a test and we wanted you to be aware of what we are doing and why.

The net result for us is we want to see if this is something our players have interest in. While ensuring it doesnít undermine the value for players who already have one and see how receptive everyone will be to us continuing to rotate other Platinum items into the Cartel Market in the future. More than likely, we would not direct sale Platinum items until theyíve been unavailable from Cartel Packs for a number of months. This will also help maintain their rarity for a fairly long time.

Thanks everyone.

-eric

It's a whale sale, directed at players willing to pay $60 of real world money for an ingame item.
Cartel market sales must be having an issue...
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03.07.2017 , 11:24 AM | #9
The price is very high and that is a good thing as these items are both rare and highly sought after. The high price means that there is another way for people to obtain these items if they wish to pay the money to do so and as it is simply a vanity item that in no way has a negative impact upon the game.

As the price is high it also means that there is still a market for the item on the GTN - maybe not at the often insane prices we have seen though
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BOTA-X
03.07.2017 , 11:24 AM | #10
That is suspiciously close to the price of the Amazon 5500cc pack plus 2400cc pack. So basically you're selling a virtual light saber for $60.

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