EDIT: Let us try to keep this thread ontopic. Keep the debate to cash cards only, we do not need to go into great detail about if GTAO is a separate game from GTAV. This is a good thread, I would hate to see it locked.
Hello and welcome to my thread. For those of you who know me you know that I love cash cards. Last week I got into two debates on cash cards and to be honest it is hard to manage an argument on two different threads, so to make things easier on myself I am creating one thread which I can monitor and debate on. The setup of this thread will be simple: on this post there will be (paraphrased) common posts that I see from people who hate cash cards and I will rebuke them. An FAQ of sorts. When posting please construct your argument somewhat logically. Just saying "I hate cash cards" is not a logical argument. Saying "I hate cash cards because x y z" is a logical argument.
Statement: Another cash card thread?!?!?
Rebuttal: I needed a place to post my argument. Posting a thread size post in a dozen threads is not really efficient. Having one main thread for a thread size post is efficient. I do not find it fair to equate this thread to the drivel that populates the super majority of Cash Card threads as this is not like a majority of the Cash Card threads. This thread uses logical arguments to state the OP's opinion instead of just saying "Cash Cards Rule/Suck" and leaving it at that.
Statement: You are stupid for spending your money on fake cash.
Rebuttal: I am not spending my money on fake cash (well technically I am), I am buying a service. Let me give an example:
Suppose I really want a car; I could go to the junkyard and scavenge some free parts, yes? Get some buddies and work long nights for many months restoring a clunker to pristine condition. Or I could go the other route and pay $10,000 for some guy to do it for me. By choosing the latter I decided that the value of me not wanting to labour is worth $10,000. That labour (or lack there of) has a monetary value. I do not want to spend my time working on something so I am willing to pay for it. My laziness is worth something ($10,000). The same applies to GTA. I could spend my time labouring over RR to the point I eat my M1911, or I can pay Rockstar to do it for me.
Statement: You are getting ripped off by cash cards, they are over priced
Rebuttal: Define over priced. Value is in the eye of the consumer. What is not valuable to you, may be valuable to someone else. In a capitalist system it is impossible to have something over priced for long as the laws of supply and demand would not allow it.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. Suppose you have a product that you say is worth $100 and you put it on the market to sell. If no one buys the product you are forced to lower the price until there is a demand for whatever you are supplying because the consumers dictate you are over charging. Once you reach a point where both you and your consumers walk away happy, then you reach the perfect price to sell your product for.
Statement: Not too long ago the way the world worked was: you got a game, played it, unlocked stuff as you went along, no need for grinding or paying to avoid grinding.Now with the obvious price increase from Single Player (which is completely unneeded for any reason other than selling cash cards) this whole Free to Play thing is just one big scam.
Rebuttal: The cost to make a game has increased over the past decade. When the supplier's costs go up, so do yours.
Statement: Well it is not like people never bought DLC in the past? So why doesn't Rockstar make good DLC instead of just taking the easy money route.
Rebuttal: Blame the suits. With a high cost to make a game, the suits want a quick ROI. GTA V costed about $150.000.000 to make, that is a hefty price tag. A good DLC on the scale of Ballad of Gay Tony (BGOT) would cost about the same. So in order to convince the powers that be that another hundred million is worth it, they need to show that they can get their return on investment back fast. The best way to do that is with Cash Cards. So whenever someone buys a cash card, thank them as they are bringing us one step closer to another BGOT.
Question: Why buy money when you can just use all these amazing glitches?
Rebuttal: I have common sense? Rockstar hates glitchers and to be honest, it is not that hard to detect a glitcher. If you have a few hundred million in car sales, my guess is you are on Rockstar's radar. I would rather not get banned thank you kindly.
Question: Rockstar never bans glitchers, what are you talking about?
Rebuttal: Yes they do. They also do; cash resets, permanent bad sport lobby, etc. Not worth it in my opinion. That is ignoring the moral dilemma also, there is no difference between glitching GTA bucks and pirating music. Both are morally wrong and legally wrong.
Statement: Rockstar doesn't care about glitchers.
That is from their legal section... as in violating it is not legal. I highly doubt if Rockstar didn't care they would make you sign a legal document saying you won't do what they don't care about.
Statement: Stop being self righteous!!!!
Rebuttal: I am not being self-righteous. I am voicing my opinion, and using facts to explain how I got to that opinion in the first place. It is called an persuasive argument.
Statement: I bought cash cards and then xmas money-giftpocalypse happened. So I spent my money for no reason and felt foolish. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Rebuttal: As long as you didn't go on a spending spree, you should still have the money. If you did go on a spending spree, consider the money you got on Xmas a bonus as they didn't remove the items you bought (which they should have, but that is a different topic).
Question: If Rockstar needs money, why not use a Subscription Model? It is vastly superiour.
Rebuttal: Both systems have their pros and cons. I will say I enjoy the Microtransaction model as with a subscription system free players would get upset that the subs have better equipment.