To the OP’s points:
- Precursor prices are higher than ever, but that doesn’t mean they are “too high.”
- If you really want to acquire one, there are a number of ways to do so without “playing” the TP.
Of course it’s frustrating when your goal was to save up 600g but the weapon’s cost has skyrocketed to 1,200. On the other hand, that 100% increase is far less than what we’ve seen for other coveted weapons.
There are several reasons for the recent dramatic increase in prices:
- The wardrobe (and the ability to wield the legendary skin on every character) spiked demand.
- Inflation plays a role, too. With the game nearing its second anniversary, players have acquired more and more wealth (my friend logs on once every two weeks now and each time she comes back, she throws some of her hoarded inventory on the TP and returns to find 80-120g waiting for her). We’ve figured out ever more efficient farming techniques.
- There’s been a decrease in supply: people who were mass-producing precursors in the Mystic Forge have slowed or stopped their assembly lines (the profits have sharply decreased due to changes in which exotics Zommy offers as consolation prizes).
There’s no easy way for ANet to resolve this:
- If they increase the drop rate a tiny amount, the cost of building a legendary might actually increase: more people will start hoarding T6 mats and lodestones, driving prices of those items up (and there’s precedent that suggests that even precursor prices would rise, too).
- If they increase the drop rate by too much, then legendaries become devalued for the current owners.
The problem is as much sociological or psychological as economic: as humans, we covet things that are cool-looking and rare…until everyone has gw2 gold us and then we want the next new thing that no one else has. (Sure, a lot of us will want the item for its own sake, but it’s the others that will dominate the demand that affects market prices.)
I think those of us without legendaries are, unfortunately, going to have to tough it out until ANet announces Legendary Set II or Legendary Armor and splinters the demand.