i looked before I posted on the pre-builds. Most of pre-builds were a sale price of 500 gran for the 1st 2 weeks then 1500 gran thereafter. Lets all hope the pricing model comes down (i hope by 2/3rds but i think that is a pipe dream). We had pre-builds with 7x EX cards in it. 12 is almost double that number. I realize the recycle rate is still half of 1500 gran give or take. one wonders if selling a prebuild where half of the cards are ex cards doesn't devalue the EX cards you want to sell at full price in the future?
I think Gon you are somewhat correct. Pre-builds don't lose money ( they are virtual so how do you lose by distributing them, furthermore their cost is always above their recycle rate) but are more along the lines of bring in less income than we otherwise generate.Essentially this is accomplished by forcing the playerbase into only 1 or 2 options to get our cards. This is probably why we don't see a system for many different types of purchasing. A lotto, an ex lotto, fixed card cost, pc cost, etc etc.
personally, i like the pre-build idea and think there should be player made file contests with specific criteria like they do in alteil 2. To make money this game needs to either sell cards or create revenue from online advertising and i'd rather not see some pop up or ad everytime i log on.
Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content;'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.