I was getting very close to my 250,000 wow gold goal. I was over the 200k mark, and eagerly awaiting being able to announce hitting my goal here on WoW Gold Girl.
Then I saw this in trade:
“WTS Level 25 guild! All heirlooms unlocked, achievement pets unlocked including Armadillo Pup and Dark Pheonix Hatchling. 7 guild bank tabs. 50k. PST.”
I ignored it. Really, I did. For hours, on multiple toons, I saw that message being advertised, gritted my teeth, thought about my 250k wow gold goal and did not respond.
Eventually, after about 4 hours of seeing this person advertising the guild, I whispered him, verified that the guild really did have everything he said it had (it also had a buttload of stuff in the guild bank), and we settled on a price of 40,000 gold.
I know, I know, level 25 guilds on high-pop servers are selling for much less. 20-25k gold. But my realm is not high-pop, and our raiding population is nearly non-existent. Seeing a level 25 guild being sold on our realm is a very, very rare thing. For all of the perks, all of the heirloom items unlocked, and all of the stuff in the bank, 40 was a damn good price. (Too bad he kicked out the 650 guild members a day before selling it. The 10% influx of loot from them would’ve been sweet.)
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
The kind of WoW world that I want is one where all of my toons share a central bank without punishment. I have three other personal guild banks, and with all of them, there’s punishment involved. If I move a toon out of my beloved raiding guild where all of my friends are into my level 1 personal guild bank, I lose those great perks like Bountiful Bags and leveling boosts. If my enchanter needs mats, I have to log off of her, log onto my bank toon, go pull mats out of the bank toon’s personal guild bank, mail them back to my enchanter, and then log over to my enchanter. Sure, I could move my enchanter into that personal guild bank, but then I’d lose Bountiful Bags, increased flying speed, and the ability to be able to communicate with my friends. (I ended up doing that with my enchanter anyway, because I just could not hold the level of enchanting mats she auctions and uses in one little personal bank. It was very, very lonely over there.)
So now I’ve got this level 25 guild. It cost me a good amount of gold, but in my mind, it was worth it. I’ve moved all of my crafters into this guild. They can share a bank, as well as continuing to use those other personal guild banks I’ve got. When they do dailies, quest, or go all-out genocidal on old dungeons, 10% extra loot gets deposited to the guild bank, which is more money for me. They’ve got mass rez for when they do dungeons or scenarios, they’ve got the boost to flying speed, they’ve got Bountiful Bags. The only thing missing is all of my buddies chatting in /g about funny stuff. I’ll deal with that.
When I first took it over, there were about 8 people left in the guild. I changed the guild message and guild info tab to reflect that the guild had been sold, that it was no longer a raiding guild, but that they were welcome to stay and enjoy the leveling perks. I directed them over to my raiding guild if they still wanted to raid, stressing how friendly and cool that guild is, and how the guildmaster is the best I’ve ever met in-game. It worked, a couple of the toons moved over (including a healer! Yay!). So in a way, both I and my raiding guild benefited from this purchase.
As a result, however, I’m back down well below the 200k gold mark. I’m debating with the idea of inviting tons of low-level toons into the guild to enjoy the leveling perks while I enjoy the 10% loot deposits. Hrmm.
Would you buy a level 25 guild? If you did, what would you do with it?