And a normal 10ft chain is worth 5 gp more than a spiked 10ft chain. And a 10 foot pole cost more than a 10 foot wooden ladder made of 2 such poles. Leading to the much laughed scheme of players disassembling ladders for a profit.
Yeah, D&D economy is all sorts of fucked up. But that's beside the point, it still was an example of the trope. Just that the RL disgression is kind of meaningless.
(As for the feeding thing. 1 lb of wheat or a chicken is worth 1/10 of a silver (A copper). Meaning a laborer feeds himself and his family by making bread. (Then one wonders why a chicken is worth as much as a much lesser amount of grain than the one needed to raise said chicken, but that's another story).)
Though back on the example, it looks much better now.
edited 4th Sep '12 2:21:46 PM by Ghilz