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Post Halloween analysis is going to prove valuable hopefully because ArenaNet has a bunch of other holidays in store for us. Here's something to note, gems rose from 60 silver to 95 silver per 100.
Remember when I suggested buying gems prior to Halloween and then selling towards the end?
Looks like that could be a really simple method for almost anyone to make gold from holidays in Guild Wars 2. I mean, gems were going up a little bit each week, but a jump from 60 to 95 silver was unprecedented. It's because, as I predicted, holiday events in this world lead to players wasting a lot of gold.
If you have bought 1000 gems at the cost of 60 silver per hundred, then you would have spent 6 gold.
If you then sold at 95 silver per hundred, you would have earned back 9 gold 50 silver. After fees it would be 8 gold 7 silver. Obviously, the more gold you have to invest the better you will be off.
Selling at the end of the holiday, just before it's actually over, is the key. Especially the last weekend if the holiday runs through any friday to sunday periods. That's when the biggest group of players will be on to spend gold and enjoy the festivities.
Moral of the Halloween story is this:
Buy when the holiday is announced, sell when it's the last chance for the most people to play it.