nemithine asked: What is a a fair price for specially bred dragon? Like, breeding project for specific colors and genes specially bred? (In specific I'm breeding an irishimcirc Wildclaw for someone, with eye and gender requirements on top of specific colors. This dragon will be the first to have these colors)
This is such a difficult thing! I am always terrified that I’ll ask for a price that is too high and scare my buyer off without haggling. If I were you I’d figure out what I would sell it for on the auction house and tack maybe another 30-50% on top of that. Then I’d check out my buyer’s lair and try to sleuth out their purchase history, and fine-tune it from there. (If they look hella rich, price goes way up, if they’re struggling, price down.)
Open letter to buyers of very specific dragons, especially if you’re going to be asking via PM: be polite and state your offer up front. You might spend more, but you’ll also save the poor dude on the other side from having to stare at your lair trying to guess what kind of capital you’re sitting on. You want the dragon, you dig around on the AH and figure out what its worth. Personal dealings and buying a hatchling before it hits auction come with a higher price tag because you’re paying for first dibs, plus you’re all up in the seller’s business asking for their time. If you’re a rich bastard like us, and can spare an extra 50kT-150kT to grease the wheels of the transaction a bit, do that.
inktail asked: Do you have a link to the exalt payout spreadsheet? It's disappeared from my drive list!
I haven’t looked at this in a while — people have been taking good care of it! Thanks again to everyone who’s contributed their exalting data to the sheet.
birdsquirrel asked: Is there something opposite the tunics of shame? B/c my triple ice WC/Coat pair just laid 5 eggs.
Imma say…wreath of glory? Waistcoat of triumph? Flower crown of fertility? Cape of success?
Is there a piece of apparel that looks as universally flattering on all dragons as much as tunics are universally an embarrassment?
(Also congrats on your hatchlings-to-be! Sell them for a fortune.)
Things we learned buying 25-odd dragons for our personal shopping service: hot damn dragons are expensive right now.
Dragon-capitalism is concerned about its public image again — time for a kind of giveaway!
If you’re a new user (and we’ll check, sorry crafty oldsters) and you desperately want dragons but cannot play any more shock switch or puzzles, we’ll buy the dragon you want off of the AH and send it to you for free.
If you want a 200kT iri-shim-circuit coatl and nothing else, or something so specific it doesn’t exist yet…we might not get that for you. We appreciate your spirit! We’ll send you a smaller care package and our best wishes.
Send us an ask (not a reblog!) with your username, your ID#, and what kind of dragon you want, and the first five people will get our personal dragon shopper service. For example, some good asks would look like this:
"Hi I am TimGunnRox #55555, and I would like a super-fashionble skydancer or spiral with underbelly in subdued pastels!"
"Dear Dragon-Capitalists, I’m xXSadRussianSpyXx #50000 and I would like a shiny red-range/red-range/red-range dragon that would look good with communism and amnesia."
If you want to leave things in our capable hands, you can instead ask for the dragon-capitalist special, and we’ll buy you a breeding pair that we think will bring in CA$H MONIE$ for you in the future. You don’t get any say in what they look like, but they’ll be 100% dragon-capitalist approved.
Closed for now! Thanks for signal boosting! We’re working diligently now on some wise purchases for some capitalists-in-training
EDIT 2: Open again! Four more slots! This is super fun, guys <3
EDIT 3: aaaaaand full again!
okay though in light of that last post
as a pretty established player who’s still ruthlessly making profits off of breeding dragons
if i get a clutch of hatchlings that i can’t sell for at least 15kT each, i never breed those dragons again and they are banished from my lair
Please try not to sell double and / or triple gened hatchlings for 10k. Double gened hatchlings- and triple gened hatchlings, especially- are worth a lot more than 10k even if it’s a starter breed. Hell… Even single gened hatchlings are worth more than 10k.
Even if you do manage to hatch a really ugly gened dragon that you don’t think anyone will buy, exalt it instead of selling it for super cheap.
Selling any gened hatchlings, really, for 10k does a lot of damage to the economy. The only hatchlings that should really be 10k at any given time are ungened ones.
Genes are not supposed to be that easy to obtain guys, c’mon.
I agree with your point, but I’ve got stuff to say about your reasoning.
Pre-newbie boom the proportion of ungened dragons in the auction house was less than 10% — genes are not going to be hard to get unless there is a serious paradigm shift. Any one player isn’t gonna change that kind of imbalance, no matter how many of their hatchlings they exalt. They’re just making themselves sad and cutting their own profits for the greater good.
However, I agree that looking at the base price for a set of genes and selling your dragon for that is not the way to have the most fun and make the most bank! It causes everyone undue anxiety over the bottom price for dragons and is a huge bummer.
Price dragons however you feel like pricing them, but consider doing extra market research! If a triple gened common is sold for 10k at the lowest, but an iri-shim-belly green-range spiral with a contrasting tert is selling for 55kT, consider selling your iri-shim-belly blue-range spiral with contrasting tert for a similar kind of 50kT-ish price. It might work!
Or if market research is not your game and you get bored easily shuffling through the 200+ pages of a particular variety of gened imperials, just sell dragons however you want to, and we dragon-capitalists over here won’t blame you for the entire economic structure of flight rising.
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