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9th Mar '17 11:42:39 AM DavidCowie
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* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has a variation. Instead of buying better equipment for Squad 7, you pay the R&D fees to develop better equipment, which is then issued to them for no further charge. Let's not ask why one militia squad seems to be directing the entire R&D effort of the nation of Gallia.
9th Mar '17 8:55:11 AM BeerBaron
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* How much this trope applies in {{Tabletop RPG}}s tends to fall squarely on the shoulders of the GameMaster. By default, in games that feature them price lists for equipment, services, magic items, physical spell components and so on will be fairly standardized for convenience -- if a longsword costs 10 gold pieces, it costs that everywhere unless the GM specifically says otherwise. (Magic in particular often has the excuse that there's not really anyone to negotiate discounts ''with''. If casting a particular spell requires a ruby of a size and quality normally worth 500 gold pieces, then in a "realistic" economy the actual ruby in question might well cost the caster more or less in terms of raw ''money'' depending on circumstances... but they can't just use a "lesser" substitute.)
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* How much this trope applies in {{Tabletop RPG}}s tends to fall squarely on the shoulders of the GameMaster. By default, in games that feature them price lists for equipment, services, magic items, physical spell components and so on will be fairly standardized for convenience -- if a longsword costs 10 gold pieces, it costs that everywhere unless the GM specifically says otherwise. (Magic in particular often has the excuse that there's not really anyone to negotiate discounts ''with''. If casting a particular spell requires a ruby of a size and quality normally worth 500 gold pieces, then in a "realistic" economy the actual ruby in question might well cost the caster more or less in terms of raw ''money'' depending on circumstances... but they can't just use a "lesser" substitute.)
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9th Mar '17 8:53:44 AM BeerBaron
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', where completing quests raises reputation, and by extension, disposition of shopkeepers. Doing personal favors will be similarly rewarded.
** Similarly averted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where doing favors for merchants (or simply being a regular customer for long enough) can allow you to take the cheap stuff off their shelves for free, when it would otherwise be considered stealing.

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* Averted ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Downplayed
in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', where Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. Completing quests for merchants who offer them will increase those merchants' dispositions, which will lead to better prices. The same is also true for completing faction quests raises reputation, and by extension, will net you a disposition of shopkeepers. Doing personal favors will be similarly rewarded.
boost for merchants in that faction. In ''Morrowind'' in particular, after completing the main quest, you can mention your status as the world-saving hero in NPC conversations for a guaranteed disposition increase. Despite this, it's still not completely averted since no matter what you do, you'll never get those merchants to give away their stock or even offer you prices below the item's actual value.
** Similarly averted Downplayed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where doing favors for merchants (or simply being a regular customer for long enough) can allow you to take the cheap stuff off their shelves for free, when it would otherwise be considered stealing.
25th Feb '17 1:46:06 AM Silverblade2
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** Exacerbated in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'' where members of ''your own army'' are running the shops in [[PocketDimension My Castle]] yet still won't give Corrin the stuff for free. However discounts depends on the current keeper.
26th Jan '17 4:00:57 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' zig-zags this trope. If you perform enough heroic acts and get your [[KarmaMeter reputation]] high enough, shop prices start going down (to a maximum of 50% at 20 reputation) as the shopkeepers realize you're probably going to use the ludicrously expensive items for a good purpose (on the opposite side, being evil makes store prices higher). You still sell items for less than a fraction of what they're being sold for, and nobody ever just ''gives'' you items no matter your need. This creates a few FridgeLogic moments, such as Drow (evil underground elf) merchants giving you lower prices based on your heroic deeds on the surface, as well as having to buy items from a priest in an elven city you're currently saving from an EvilSorcerer.
** Keep in mind that while you're buying wares from the Drow you're supposed to be ''undercover''. [[FridgeLogic If the Drow realized that you're some legendary hero from the surface and not another Drow then the whole city would be put on alert.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' zig-zags this trope. If you perform enough heroic acts and get your [[KarmaMeter reputation]] high enough, shop prices start going down (to a maximum of 50% at 20 reputation) as the shopkeepers realize you're probably going to use the ludicrously expensive items for a good purpose (on the opposite side, being evil makes store prices higher). You still sell items for less than a fraction of what they're being sold for, and nobody ever just ''gives'' you items no matter your need. This creates a few FridgeLogic moments, plots holes, such as Drow (evil underground elf) merchants giving you lower prices based on your heroic deeds on the surface, as well as having to buy items from a priest in an elven city you're currently saving from an EvilSorcerer.
** Keep in mind that while you're buying wares from the Drow you're supposed to be ''undercover''. [[FridgeLogic If the Drow realized that you're some legendary hero from the surface and not another Drow then the whole city would be put on alert.]]
EvilSorcerer.
15th Jan '17 7:32:35 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', the four are appalled that a wizard charged them 40,000 Swords to answer a few questions and wanted a cool half million to help Ringo find his mask-breaking amulet. After all, the world may end in a year; isn't it time to quit worrying about making a buck?
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8th Jan '17 5:48:33 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Zigzagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''. To combat a dragon that's melting the polar caps and causing global flooding, the heroes have to fly back to civilization and get an industrial-strength fire extinguisher. The merchant doesn't demand payment on the spot (he expresses concern over the flooding himself), but ''does'' say he'll mail them the bill.



* Zigzagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''. To combat a dragon that's melting the polar caps and causing global flooding, the heroes have to fly back to civilization and get an industrial-strength fire extinguisher. The merchant doesn't demand payment on the spot (he expresses concern over the flooding himself), but ''does'' say he'll mail them the bill.

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* Zigzagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''. To combat a dragon that's melting the polar caps and causing global flooding, the heroes have to fly back to civilization and get an industrial-strength fire extinguisher. The merchant doesn't demand payment on the spot (he expresses concern over the flooding himself), but ''does'' say he'll mail them the bill.
8th Jan '17 5:48:00 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Zigzagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''. To combat a dragon that's melting the polar caps and causing global flooding, the heroes have to fly back to civilization and get an industrial-strength fire extinguisher. The merchant doesn't demand payment on the spot (he expresses concern over the flooding himself), but ''does'' say he'll mail them the bill.
2nd Jan '17 6:25:49 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the ''Warlods of Draenor'' expansion, vendors in your own garrison will charge you full price for their services. Kind of makes your rank of commanding officer feel pretty hollow.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the ''Warlods of Draenor'' expansion, vendors in your own garrison will charge you full price for their services. Kind of makes your rank of commanding officer feel pretty hollow. (Of course, on the other hand, building and maintaining a fortress and leading an army isn't exactly cheap. You pay for a lot of stuff here using Garrison Resources, so it's likely that the Gold is being paid to a supplier, with them as intermediaries.)
27th Nov '16 9:07:28 PM tbarrie
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