Marketing - the Art of Sale in SG Market
A controlled market like the one we have on SG knows three phases:
- Expansion when a high number of players are building their items and the sales are going very good, prices are increasing and everyone is farming or upgrading;
- Stagnation when the prices are high, players have built their items, sales are declining, new items are brought into the market every day by farming players;
- Decline when there is almost no commerce, players are leaving the server because of too high prices and the Staff is going to operate harsh changes to revive the server.
Now, it's a technical impossibility for a market to be only in expansion. For this the number of players on server should keep increasing and the Staff should not only rain with events but also with updates to give a purpose to everything. Thus being said, sooner or later any market is going to face stagnation and if no changes are going to be tried, decline will follow.
Selling the items (pieces of equipment or upgrade materials) requires good knowledge of the existing prices and number of items from the market. Also players should keep on eye on the current updates and future updates thus farming what's needed the most.
The Rarity system gave market a new life, the high lv armours with avg dmg res and HP restore are the most wanted. On the 2nd place come the shoes with avg dmg res and skill dmg res, the shields with the same Rarity bonus as the shoes and then the vs monster helmets and avg dmg earrings and lv 75 weapons. Of course, drop is moderate but such items, already made, cost very much.
The upgrade+ system and the higher chance to upgrade, combined with generous events increased the number of refined items+9 and the price of upgrade materials. At the moment I'm writing this post the market is in stagnation, in recovery from a short period of decline. There are many upgrade materials available in the market, the price of blessing scroll is very very low, players have made the items so the sales are not great. However due to the recent update with alchemy drop, the price for green dragon bean has increased a little and they sell very good.
Poly marbles crafting at NPC Baek-Go in map 1 will always bring very good money. Probably the easiest to craft are esoteric fanatic and baby spider. This guide has maps with the drop places for both poly crafting materials. A lv 25 char with mall glove and 2 hours glove (I like body warrior for this and I can use my buff skills to kill even faster with relatively cheap items) can bring lots of gold in short time. All what players need to do is to put a good price on their items.
I would like to remind players reading me that main causes that are driving the market into stagnation and decline are over pricing and over farming. Sometimes over pricing is mentioned as a very good source for gold. It may very well be, but is not going to last for ever. As for the over farming, the SG is mainly PvM, it happens
I never heard of poly marbles crafting before can you explain that more in detail?
Thanks in advance =)