Dilithium exchange misconceptions
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Join Date: Jun 2012
03-15-2013, 05:47 PM
We seem to have gotten off onto a tangent about LTS and stipends again, which isn't really the point. At the very least, the Zen in the stipend has value to PWE, and they are giving that value to you. If your position is that you are sticking it to the man by continuing to play and collect your stipend past the break even point of your LTS, then yes, you are. That's not the point of the thread though, it's just about Zen to dilithium conversion in general.
If all that matters to you is whether or not you had to pay money to get something, that's fine. This thread is not directed at you. Just don't think you're getting a laugh at PWE by getting something free out of them. They got paid.
As has been said, the Peanut Labs surveys are not free either. Peanut Labs surely pays PWE the value of those Zen in exchange for your information.
Your time always has value, even your leisure time. The most basic way of looking at it is that your time is worth whatever your hourly pay rate at work is. More generally, your time has missed opportunity costs. By doing one thing, you give up doing another. If you spend time grinding dilithium or filling out surveys, that's time you didn't spend playing something else, cleaning your house, enriching yourself, etc. It's only fair you be compensated for it, though considering a full daily load of 8k dil is only worth about 86? US, I don't find that to be much compensation.
I also just realized a single Mk XII Romulan space weapon effectively costs $3.10. That's a little disturbing.