In case you missed it, last week over at Just My Two Copper, Miss Mediocre guest posted an excellent article entitled Cataclysm Profession Breakdown. She has been researching within Cata Beta and has an excellent report on various things profession related. Within the content of her tailoring section, she divulges an interesting addition on the Beta. This little addition has stirred up quite the comments. (Disclaimer: Remember not everything on Beta actually makes the cut, but this one probably will.) Let me quote from her article.
"On the topic of bags, anyone expecting to sell lots of Netherweave bags come Cataclysm may be disappointed! New city quartermasters are found near the flight masters in all of the major cities and sell 16 slot satchels for only 1g80s if you are revered. The bags are "unique" so you can only have one of each, but that is still 5 satchels if you are revered with all of your faction's races (which happens pretty quick these days just by questing). I'm sure Netherweave bags will still sell, but I'm wondering if perhaps not as well, once players discover the quartermasters."
-Miss MediocreFaction Satchels
Here is an example of the "Faction Satchels" as I'm calling them: Troll Faction Satchel. As a correction to her original calculation, there are actually 6 satchels for each side, as Gilneas and Bilgewater are offering satchels as well. So each character can get 6 dirt cheap 16 slot bags once revered with each city. This is an interesting change, but should we as tailors be worried? I myself have about 6 guild bank tabs filled with Netherweave Bolts just waiting to start the tailoring sweatshop into motion as I plan to profit heavily on bags come Cataclysm time.
Effects On Bag Sales
So will these newly introduced bags curb your ability to sell the endless amounts of Netherweave Bags? Short answer: I doubt it will affect sales much, if at all. Why not? Who are we targetting to buy all of our bags? New characters are the primary targets. New characters wanting to increase their bag space will want that increased carrying capacity long before they reach revered with a single faction much less all of them. I can see those cheap satchels selling to people expanding their bank bag slots later on, thus lowering sales to those customers further into the expansion. At the expansion's start though, there will be a ton of new characters looking for bags ASAP. Old players will be rolling new characters too and these new satchels are bound to the character that buys them, so no benefit of being an older player in terms of helping out your new characters. We already have bags that are even better than any 16slot BoA bag that could be implemented, so I doubt we will see any BoA bags created. Read about how Mooncloth Bags and Traveler's Backpacks are better options. Another key to remember is that Goblins and Worgens will be included in the actual Cataclysm expansion. The shattering event will occur in a patch added prior to Cataclysm and blue posts have stated that the new racial/class combos will be released with the shattering patch. So there will be some sales of netherweave bags picking up once that patch allows troll druids, human hunters, etc. So all in all, I wouldn't worry one bit about netherweave bag sales.
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