Diablo 3 – Money Talks

It seems lots of Blizzard fans have starting voicing their opinions about the cut that they will take from Real Money Auction House(RMAH). Their FAQ has been updated with details on how using the RMAH works and what Blizzard intends to take as their cut. Previously in an interview this was intended to be a small amount from the final sale. Well they finally released the official numbers and at first glance it looks a lot bigger than we thought.

Items such as armor/weapons/amulets/rings have a $1 per item fee at the time of the final sale. Commodities such as gold/potions/gems are subject to at 15% fee at the time of the final sale. Here comes the tricky part, when you create the auction you have the choice to have the funds placed in your Battle.net account or a third-party account such as PayPal. If you place the funds in your Battle.net account that money can be used for future RMAH purchases or other Blizzard products. Once this option has been chosen that money can not be transferred to another account. If you want your funds to go to a PayPal account you will be subject to 15% transaction fee based on the amount being transferred.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THE FEES IN ACTION:

Battle.net account Auctions:
• A sword sells for $10. They take $1 and $9 is deposited into your Battle.net account.
• A stack of potions sell for $10. They take 15%($1.50) and $8.50 is deposited into your Battle.net account.

PayPal account Auctions:
• A sword sells for $10. They take $1 and 15%($1.35) based on the transferred amount($9).  $7.65 is deposited into your account.
• A stack of potions sell for $10. They take 15% and 15%($1.28) based on the transferred amount($8.50). $7.22 is deposited into your account.

The internet hate machine has been in an uproar about how large the cut is. Let’s put this in perspective, in the 2000s many people were selling items and gold via the internet black market without the consent of Blizzard. Some of these items were hacked or duped and then lost to the patch updates that deleted them. What they are trying to do is prevent this by providing a safe and secure way of buying in game items with cash. If they want to take a fee for providing this service, that’s cool with me considering I am making money off of 1s and 0s.

Overall people have really overreacted to this news and need to think about what they are getting out of the service. I will be more than happy to sell items on the RMAH to cover what I spent on the collector’s edition.

Let me know what you think in the comments below

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