Well i can see how this could be true. If you look at the first few days after the RMAH came out people were buying stuff like crazy. I saw streamers make $750 in a few days selling bad to decent gear, Not even the best item drops. Part of that was the game was fairly new and the amount of crazy good gear was very low.
Out of maybe the 10-15 items that I put up on the RMAH I've made $40 after fees, none of them any good. If you play the market and dedicate your time to making money on the RMAH you could make some good money.
I'm pretty surprised at the stuff selling on the RMAH to be honest. Its one thing to go out and buy a set of golf clubs for golf, but the way game items work is you never truly own the item you're just paying the money to rent it. Not to mention when you play golf its not like you will find a better set of clubs laying on the ground that you can upgrade too =P.
In the meantime, he could have been made $10,000 at a real job AND contributed to society in a meaningful way.
Trolling aside, I'm sure it takes quite a bit of chops to make that kind of cash just playing the virtual economy game, and is likely a pretty useful skill-set to build up for playing the real virtual economy game some day.
"if he thinks an expensive golf club set helps him play better then he really needs to learn the game....golf clubs has nothing to do with it, it's called skill"
So you are saying there is no difference between playing with a cheap set of 25 year old golf clubs and an expensive modern set? Essentially, anyone spending more then $20 on a set from a thrift shop is just throwing their money away?
Reminds me of the article about how Valve hired an economist to examine their in-game economies.
How much actual time did it take him to make that $10k?
[citation][nom]nebun[/nom]if he thinks an expensive golf club set helps him play better then he really needs to learn the game....golf clubs has nothing to do with it, it's called skill[/citation]
Not really--golf clubs have a profound effect on game once you get to a high level of skill--much like how any "enthusiast" object has a significant impact on your ability. Take competitive PC gaming, for example--high-end keyboards, mice, and network cards are geared toward giving the player an edge that they can't get with just average components. On the amateur level, these things are probably not noticeable, but as you increase your skills and abilities, you start to get limited by the components and not your abilities--so it all matters, it's not just skill. An expensive driver can get you more distance than a crap driver once you hit that skill level.
Same goes for running shoes if you're a competitive runner. Or racing tires and car design for competitive racers. At some point if you're good enough at something, your ability to achieve more is limited by the components you're using.
This is strange, because I have been putting a *very* good item on RMAH that's better than anything on there currently for that slot. I started at $250 max and it's now at $159, dropping by $10 at a time. It's a single neck piece that can give a hunter or monk 10k dps. I don't know how this guy is selling anything.
a) We don't like to be exploited
b) We're used to games carrying an upfront cost of $30-$60 and that's it. We hate to incur costs that we haven't planned for.
While this guy takes a high-brow stance on the economics of the AH, the reality is that we hate the idea as casual gamers. The reason why we loved D2 so much is because there was an upfront cost of $60 that provided us months of entertainment and we knew that before buying the game.
[citation][nom]beayn[/nom]This is strange, because I have been putting a *very* good item on RMAH that's better than anything on there currently for that slot. I started at $250 max and it's now at $159, dropping by $10 at a time. It's a single neck piece that can give a hunter or monk 10k dps. I don't know how this guy is selling anything.[/citation]
I'll give you 2 million gold for it
"Although the amount he made is quite low compared to a real job"
What kind of real job do you mean? From the screenshot, he made at least* $2725.83 between 7/21 and 8/2. That is 13 days. If he could average that over the course of a year, it is equivalent to $76,585.34 per year. If he isn't claiming this as income [so not paying taxes, SS, FICA, etc], then it is equivalent to making $110K per year.
* I say at least since if the screenshot was taken during the day on 8/2, there might have been some additional sales on 8/2; and we don't know if there were any additional 7/21 lines that got cut off.
[citation][nom]whiteodian[/nom]I'll give you 2 million gold for it[/citation]
It goes for about 500 million according to the gold AH. It's the best item I've found since the game released. I've only seen one item better on RMAH.
"I've made over $8k. HOWEVER, nothing is selling anymore".
I imagine if you are doing it in place of a job, you would always be transitioning from older games to newer ones where the markets are better. And the more you are in to it, the more you'll notice when the market is dying anyways, so those people will be the first to move on.