MJ12 Posted May 30, 2013 Share Posted May 30, 2013 (edited) The basic concept of a Veblen good is a good that is bought because it is so expensive and difficult to acquire. Thus the cheaper they are, the more profitable they are-and in fact, they sell more when they're expensive. This is opposed to a common good, which is purchased more when prices drop. For example, fifty thousand dollar watches, million dollar cars, yachts, private jets, and so on. They have very minimal utility and are bought because of their price. You buy them to show off that you have money to burn. In Warframe, there are basically no Veblen goods. Everything can be acquired while grinding. There are no plat-exclusive skins or anything else. Sentinel cosmetics and colors are the exception that proves the rule. If someone wants to show off that they're a huge whale who spends $5000 on Warframe, they have no way to do so. This is a problem for DE because it's profit they could be making. Meanwhile, 'common' goods, things which you buy for their utility and buy more if they're cheap, are overpriced ludicrously with the exception of Reactors, Catalysts, and maybe Forma if you don't count Clan stuff. This is also a problem for DE because nobody is buying them. And that makes guys sad. The solution isn't to make the latter harder to acquire via ingame methods. The solution is to create more of #1 so people who want to spend tons of money on things with minimal use can do so and show off how rich they are, and lower prices on #2 so people who want to put in 10 bucks can get a ton of value for their money. So for example, you might have custom Warframe skins which are super-shiny and full of glowing lines and hexagons because those are the future, costing 200-300 plat... but the Warframe itself only costs 125-150 Plat now. Someone who wants to make an impulse buy can. Someone who wants to show off their money also can. An Excalibur skin might make you look identical to proto-armored Hayden Tenno and retail for USD 15-20. Other, less exclusive skins should be cheaper (you should have a good range of cosmetics). However, you should have some skins priced for the people who have way too much money and not enough places to spend it, even if they're just simple things like solid gold guns with +100% Affinity gain. Having multiple tiers of prices so that everyone has stuff they really want to buy is never a bad idea. Edited May 30, 2013 by MJ12 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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