Monday, April 30, 2007

How to buy or sell LotRO Gold

You ever wondered where to buy lute - or how to buy lute - in LotRO? Me too. Today I got to know that I dont necessarily need to gain points - I just can buy it...LOTRO Treasures - virtual currency exchange site for selling/buying your LOTRO Gold - became 16th site in Robert Kiblinger's virtual currency exchange empire which registers more than 1 million visits a month. No wonder it got mentioned in Forbes Magazine, Wired Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and so on.

Like a rapidly growing number of online merchants, Kiblinger traffics in virtual goods that exist only in the realm of Internet-based games such as Lord of the Rings Online and others. The 34-year-old Kiblinger says he makes more money selling nonexistent merchandise than he did as a chemist at Procter & Gamble. His six-figure salary is enough to support his wife and toddler son and a house in a gated community in Daniels, W.Va.

Some enterprising vendors employ dozens of people who do nothing but play online games to collect items for sale - how can an average single player stand such companies?

Lord of The Rings Online, which charges a monthly fee of $9.95 to play, allow players to live out fantasies of medieval derring-do. As they slay monsters and human players, they can collect armor, potions and money that can be used to increase the power of their characters and their status among other players.

Rather than earn that loot through time-consuming quests, though, a growing number of players visit online shops such as Kiblinger's and just put it on their PayPal account.

Not every fan who plays LOTRO is willing to spend a year meticulously maintaining a virtual career to attain the cool powers of an advanced Dwarf. And as the average age of gamers rises, more are finding themselves with intrusive real-world lives. They have less time but more money.

"I work fairly long hours, plus I have a wife and kids at home," said Doug Robinson, a game fan in Kentucky, who said via e-mail that he has bought and sold game characters and currency in online games. "I just don't have the time to grind for 10 hours a day to get to the fun content in most games, I had rather spend a little real-world cash to get some LoTRO gold."

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