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Account Bound Wardrobe is the Death of Dye Prices?

Will the price of dyes tank due to the account bound wardrobe coming soon to Guild Wars 2? Have you not heard about these changes set to appear in April? Right about when you hastily fill out your taxes, the way we obtain dyes will change forever. Here are the announced patch notes:

"...dyes will no longer be unlocked per character but per account instead. When you unlock a dye after the feature pack is released, all characters on your account will have unlimited access to that color.

If you already have the same dyes unlocked on multiple characters, when you log in on additional characters, you will receive one unidentified dye for each duplicate dye already unlocked on your account."

People are reading this and panicking, thinking that dyes will be worth nothing after this patch goes live. They are only partially correct! While the price of individual dyes, such as gold, white, etc, will drop in value, the price of unidentified dyes will skyrocket.

How did I figure that out? Well I read further down the page...

"With dyes becoming account unlocks, the demand for dye will decrease and unidentified dyes will no longer drop as loot but will still be available from the Mystic Forge and select in-game rewards."

So that means you will have to use laurels as the primary source of your unidentified dyes! How many people do you know who will do that?

At first, dyes will be rather cheap, even the unidentified dyes. But over time they should be destined to increase in value. As a long term investor, I would recommend buying unidentified dyes only if they plummet to the 5-10 silver range at the beginnings of the patch. Mark my words, they will go well beyond their current price over time.

Right now, if you're looking for a quick buck, you can turn your laurels into unidentified dyes and sell anywhere from 40 to 80 silver each. Not bad! *Be careful, this advice will not be correct forever.*

For anyone who's wondering, my stockpile of unidentified dyes is not getting sold. I will hang on to it and ride this storm out. As of right now my stockpile is worth thousands of gold!


  1. Anonymous said...:

    So should I sell my Flame and Frost dyes now or should I wait?

  1. mike rotteveel said...:

    So that means they will go high again just before patch?
    And after patch will drop and then in time become even more then lets say 80silver?
    Already bought mine for like 50 silver but after that they dropped to 45 silver :(

  1. Markco said...:

    Sell identified dyes now.

  1. Markco said...:

    Don't buy until price dips from people doing their stockpiles.

  1. Markco said...:

    Dumping* sorry on phone

  1. Andrew said...:

    I don't understand, if the identified dye price is going down how come the unidentified will rise? I mean, who would gamble with an expensive unidentified dye if the deaired dye is "cheap" in trading company?
    I really like your site btw

  1. Markco said...:

    It's about supply and demand. Some expensive dyes will still be more than the unidentified dyes (but the expensive ones will see a price drop anyway).

  1. Anonymous said...:

    So I've been saving Unidentified Dye for the crafting of my Legendary (Bifrost). Would it be in my best interest to just sell what I've saved now, make some $$ and then buy later?

  1. Marvin Varela said...:

    "Already bought mine for like 50 silver "

    You bought right at the moment when you were supposed to sell. There is no way to speculate without an existing stock made over time.

  1. ~ Allen ~ said...:

    Hi Marko!! Congrats for the great blog!!

    I have a question,... I have a Deep Glacial Sky Dye, that I've been saving, trying to decide on using it on one of my characters or selling it...

    One of my characters is already using the dye, so with the new update I will definitely sell it... Should I sell it now, or give it more time?

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Oh thank you very much for pointing out that unid'd dyes won't be dropping anymore. I did not catch that in the notes. Very VERY valueable info right there!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    ^I would sell them all now imho. Why? You sell them while the price is high and once the patch hits and everyone tries to sell their stockpiles the price will plummet. If you want you can invest the gold you made from them and end up having more dyes than you sold. This is all depending on how low the go, and how much you're willing to spend.

  1. i3lazeking said...:

    The unid dyes have spiked in price as all dyes have become over 20s it was announced for the feature patch that having unlocked the same dyes over multiple character will grant a unid dye for each one. Therefore, everyone unlocked all the dyes under 20s. All dye prices will massively sink after the patch though so sell now

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I agree with i3lazeking, dyes will plummet after the patch.. the influx of unid dyes will be massive (unless they are account bound)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    gift of colour will go from 250 unident dyes to 100, if they dont drop from mobs, it will be alot harder to obtain them, I highly doubt that they will become acc bound (can draw some paralales with silver doubloons, 250 are needed to make a juggernout, atm priced at 1.49 gold. You can obtain douboloons from jp chest on a lower lvl char or make them in the MF, unident dyes are said to be made in MF aswell after patch).

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I doubt the gem store dyes will dip too much in price, and would expect a rise, after the update since many people will have more motivation to get them since the "I'm not going to spend that much gold just to have it one one character" reason will be invalid.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    people. you should be buying up those cheappy dye for each character to maximize you unid dye stash

  1. Anonymous said...:

    whoa whoa whoa... unidentified dye prices just crashed... whats going on???

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Yup, they crashed hard, sitting at 20s now...

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