/clap!Part of the reason why things are so expensive is because of gold buyers/sellers. It's just like credit cards in real life. A player needs 50g for a mat. He doesn't have it so he buys gold that he didnt work for. Then the seller of the item knows that 50g for the item is what someone will pay. The price gets set unreasonably high and people like me have the option of buying gold or working for that money. Since it is usually not worth what the sellers charge I just go without but a lot of people who "want it now" will use the gold sellers and the whole thing spirals out of control. Don't buy gold. if you do WoW will become a terrible game just like those other MMO's and nobody will play, then Blizzard will shut the whole operation down and then where will you be? BUYING GOLD KILLS WOW!No it doesn't. Things are expensive because the game has been around for years, and players have had ridiculous amounts of time to accumulate a lot of wealth. Real world commodities are more expensive now then they were in the 50s. Its not because people are printing money in their basements...Wealthy players, meaning those that are gold capped or sitting on 50k+ are wealthy because they earned it. Only an incredibly small portion of the population have that kind of gold from buying it. Considering that the general rate is $10 per thousand, you're talking about hundreds of dollars at that point. People just don't do that, regardless of how pathetic they are.People also don't buy gold for 50g worth of mats. They buy it for Epic Flying, Tundra Mammoths, Choppers, and other items that have little to no impact on the overall economy, the community, or the overall game experience.But if blizzard began to sell gold and at a cheap enough rate then it would cause inflation. I don't think gold buyers now necessarily cause much in game inflation, but blizzard selling gold would, and they know that and that's a big reason they don't. They don't want the economy to end up like final fantasy.