Deflation? Inflation? Who is right?
In week 19, an article of mine called, "Deflation!"
was published in The Neopian Times. In week 21 a counter article called "Stop
Inflation!" was published. This of course leads me to the conclusion
that there are too major economic thought processes in Neopia. Just like in
the real world, Neopia has political parties. Being that there are no official
names for them, I will refer to them as the "Elephante Party" after
the species of my colleagues (rainbow_star_baby) pet, blooberry_princess and
the "Moehog Party" after my very own Gameboy_Reject. In this article
I will, as objectively as I can, point out the ideology of the two parties.
First, I will like to address the ideas of the Elephante Party. The Elephantes
believe that the Neopian economy is going through an inflation period. That
means that they make the claim that prices are rising in Neopia. This inflation
can be caused by anything from price fixing to increase demand in goods and
supplies. They claim that high prices in Neopia prevent newer players from quickly
obtaining the goods and supplies that they need to make their pets powerful
and well fed. They run their shops by providing Neopians with the lowest price
available by using the Shop Wizard.
Now that you have an idea of the backbone behind the Elephante ideology, allow
me to explain the Moehog Party ideas. Being that I am a member of this party,
I can more thoroughly explain our ideas. The Moehogs feel that the economy of
Neopia is going through a "deflationary" period. Like I stated in
my previous article deflation benefits Neopians as well as hurts Neopians. We
feel that the constant lowering of prices is a leading cause of shop owners
losing profits. Being that in Neopia this can't destroy a player, it does shatter
the dream of one day being the proud owner of a Golden Butter Knife. We members
of the Moehog party run our shops aggressively. We buy out people who sell their
goods too low in order to become the lowest price on the wizard.
So which way is right? Well, I'm not sure. Even though I will always stick
to my method of running my shop, I feel that we need both kinds of Neopians
in order to provide a balanced economy. If everyone was like me, then only us
rich Neopians would be able to afford anything. If everyone was like rainbow_star_baby,
then it would be impossible to maintain a profitable shop. So a proper balance
of the two parties is needed for an effective economy.
But I bet all of you Neopians are wondering, "Which one makes you richer the
fastest?" Well I wish to end my article by issuing out a challenge to rainbow_star_baby.
I want both of us to write a subjective article in which we outline our methods
to running a shop. And, if all possible, I want both articles to be published
simultaneously in the Neopian times so that Neopians everywhere can determine
which method is better. Good luck to all of you Neopians out there and remember
the words of Douglass Adams, "Don't Panic!"