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# 21
08-31-2012, 05:21 AM
$25.. hrm, let's see.

  • 5lbs of low grade ground beef @ $1.99/LB: $9.95
  • 7 boxes of Hamburger Helper @ $1.38 ea: $9.66
  • 2 bags of precut salad @ $1.68 ea: $3.36
  • 2 2-liters of Shasta soda @ $0.99 ea: $1.98

This is what I bought at the store today (at Walmart Super Center) and the prices I paid... with the exception of the soda, because I splurged and got Pepsi, which was more like $1.48 ea.
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# 22
09-05-2012, 02:58 AM
2500 zen in local currency rate is I believe more than enough for one person's share of food, booze and accomodation in a BBQ + chalet outing.

While it may not last as long as a z-store ship purchase in terms of replay value, the BBQ and associated socialization gives many many good memories that come to you naturally. More fun if participants proceed to do a tailgate parteh or my favourite 3am convoys

Last weekend for 3000 zen I got on ebay an exquisite 19 inch tall Victorian doll that typically costs upwards of $250 USD when new (in today's prices, judging from similar costuming + accessories & miniature metalwork).

Given the pristine 10/10 condition, full supply of accessories, designer's certificates of authenticity and collector value, I could probably re-sell her for like 5x the price to certain collector's circles

High end dolls with realistic appearance are -very- hard to find and are not cheap, as this example from Madame Alexander would indicate.

So, for 3,000 zen that would be what I consider a deal of a lifetime
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# 23
09-05-2012, 02:59 AM
So what happens when gas starts costing $25 a gallon?
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# 24
09-05-2012, 03:25 AM
My Entire Birthday Party Cost 5000 Zen
(Food, Drinks, Etc..)

And we didn't really hold back on the stuff we bought : )

Nuff said.
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# 25
09-05-2012, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by lonnehart View Post
So what happens when gas starts costing $25 a gallon?
People will have looked for alternative fules long before then.
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# 26
09-05-2012, 03:37 AM
7) Buy movie tickets for a family of four (depends on local screening rates)




I cant tell you how much i laughed about this in my local movie hall its ?11.50 each
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# 27
09-05-2012, 03:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ryanev View Post
My Entire Birthday Party Cost 5000 Zen
(Food, Drinks, Etc..)

And we didn't really hold back on the stuff we bought : )

Nuff said.
Really? That is the price of an Odyssey 3 pack lol.

Bday party > odysseys.
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# 28
09-05-2012, 03:40 AM
$25 in Norway will give you:

Taking the buss from/to the airport to/from Oslo (roughly 45min ride)

2 1 hour buss tickets in Oslo (if bought on the buss)

Going in and out of a Taxi within a few seconds (meter starts at around $20 depending on location and time of the day)

750ml-1000ml beer at a pub

5 bottles of 500ml Coca Cola or 6-7 bottles of 1,5l Coca Cola at the supermarked (yes the 500ml bottles are more expensive)

The cost of paying 1-5 bills that has been mailed to you (you need to pay an extra $5-15 as a service fee) instead of being sent by e-mail

1-2 movie theater tickets (depending if its premiere or not)
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# 29
09-05-2012, 04:24 AM
While I prefer to grind for Zen most of the time, because I only grind in ways I find entertaining (so it is not grinding, but a free reward to me), I find it very reasonable to buy Zen with actual money in some cases:

  • You want the Zen quickly, for example, to buy a ship that has just come out
  • You don't have that much free time to play, and thus want to enjoy that time you have the most
  • You prefer to earn fleet marks during the time you have, which at present is mutually exclusive with earning Dilithium, sort of.
  • You feel that PWE/Cryptic deserves some income in exchange for running and developing a great game.

Perfectly valid reasons.

That said, with 2500 zen I can buy 30% of a night's stay in a medium-priced hotel (which I have to do for occupational reasons frequently), or 25% of a week's fuel consumption for my car, of 5% of the monthly luxury of being a divorced father of a 11year old boy (who is awesome, by the way).
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# 30
09-05-2012, 04:42 AM
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Things you can get in RL with 2500 Zen
I'm not sure what city or town you live in, but where I live, Zen is not legal tender. If i tried to buy milk with Zen, I'd probably get kicked out of the store.
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