When a thread gets to a point when there's more posting about how other people are posting than actual discussion of the topic, it's safe to say we probably squeezed out the last drop of content that anyone's going to want to read a long time ago.
Let me relieve you of the burden of having to spin your wheels any longer.
If someone wants to restart this topic, they can feel free to. It's a perfectly valid discussion and I'm only closing this because it's getting pretty bogged down now.
Also, for those of you participating, please ensure that your posts contribute to the discussion. Nobody wants to read a post that simply says that you've already explained something if you refuse to elaborate or explore the other person's opinion. Don't post things that nobody wants to read.
Reason on Cooldown, on 27 January 2013 - 05:21 PM, said:
Or you can farm the dragon and temple chests. Granted it's a long shot RNG, but it is another means, and costs nothing but time. However even if there are 1000 precursors on the TP, you have to just pay the price. It's just likely that price will be much lower. But that's just supply and demand.
Although if/when ANet implements a scavenger hunt for precursors, I would assume they would remove other means for obtaining them (aside from ones already on the TP). Imagine the gripes if people spend what I can only assume would be the considerable time to run the precursor hunt, only to have some schlub get a jackpot drop from a chest for no effort.
I'm not sure what the first part here is trying to say - the fact that you can also farm random drops rather than getting random drops from the forge seems to be needlessly splitting hairs.
I doubt that anet will remove other sources of precursors because of the scavenger hunt. There are big parts of the economy and in game activity being driven by the current sources - they want to make them easier to obtain, not stamp out this activity. The jackpot aspect is no more "fair" at the moment and anet have never pointed at it as a reason to change the system.
and if so everybody can sell it, the precursor prices would drop completely and the t6 materials, lodestones, ectos etc will raise in price so high that you will get the same problem but this time with a lot more materials and not just a couple weapon skins.
I disagree, the price of t6 mats is moderated by the ability for people to farm them and mystic forge recipes for lesser materials. If prices rise to the point where it becomes profitable to convert t5 to t6, people will do that and drive the price down again. If t5 mat prices rise to the point where it's profitable to do t4 to t5, people will do that and keep the price low. If these tiers become significantly more valuable, people will increase their intentional farming of them which will keep prices low.
That's not to say that lots more people making legendaries won't drive material prices up, this is totally the case, but the increase in price will not match the price of the precursors.
At the moment, the finite number of precursors is a bottleneck. If there are 3 "The Legends" for sale in the entire world, there's nothing you can do besides pay their price or gamble for the rest of eternity throwing rares into the forge. There is no control on that price.