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Patience Mad King

Article by Jayne:

They say patience is a virtue, and even with the rampant craziness of the Mad King’s Festival, the saying rings true. Chattering Skulls, Nougat Centers and Plastic Fangs are dropping in abundance from the Mad King’s Labyrinth and the influx of Trick-or-Treat bags it gives, cluttering up our inventories and taking up precious bank slots. At first glance from the Trading Post, it might seem like a no-brainer to convert all of those festive materials into their higher-quality equivalents.

Take the festive skulls, for example. Selling a Gibbering Skull for 2 gold in comparison to getting a mere 44 copper for the Chattering variety? Seems like a pretty sweet deal, right?

Stop. Think. Do the maths. Don’t be tempted by what seems like the lure of immediate coin.

The fact is that even at 44 copper, it’s better to sell the 1000 Chattering Skulls it would take to create a Gibbering Skull rather than convert it. Doing that will net you around 4 gold instead, and that’s from selling it in the middle of the Hallowe’en event when the materials are widely available.

After doing a bit of digging on GW2Spidy, it’s even more apparent that holding on to the materials that drop is the better option – even with the dip in prices that comes from people flooding the market after the festival ends, last year they steadily rose again until they averaged out at about 1 silver each, and I suspect it might be the case again this year. Just think how much more coin that’s going to bring in over the long term!

I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I nearly fell into the trap of converting these materials to sell, so hopefully this stops the rest of you from making the same mistake!

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...:

    This is the first piece of advice you've given I completely disagree with. It sounds like it makes sense, but the issue is there are no real recipes that people want to keep making over and over that will use up the thousands upon thousands of skulls that will keep accumulating on the tp. This applies to all materials.

    You say they slowly rose in price before Halloween, that is true. But they only rose cause the chances of them adding new recipes that would use up lots of them was massively high. Since they didn't the supply will be massive and the demand will not be there. They will stay super cheap. Don't follow this advice. It sounds good on paper, but you need to look at ALL the recipes that use them and ask yourself if they will be made so often that all this supply will disappear. It won't,

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I don't agree either. Even if the prices go up (and I think it's reasonnable to think they will), not converting them is far too expensive in inventory space. Do the mass, even at 1s each, that's a 2.5g stack you have to keep for almost a year to make it worthwhile.

    Very far from being worth it. so either convert them, use them in recipes or sell them outright, but don't keep them. All they will do is clutter inventory space.

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