Houses are a lot cheaper. Good (not super uber) armors/weapons even arties are a lot cheaper. All Power Scrolls are a lot cheaper. Crafter generic items (potions, scrolls, furnitures, etc.) has not changed their prices for ages. The only items whose prices are going up are commodities (ingots, leathers, arrmow/bolts). Those probably due to the game mechanism changes (randomized ore/wood, bag of sending changes, NPC vendor changes). Certain items (white stuffies, certain rubbles, luna houses, etc.) are selling at stupid prices but they are vastly outnumbered by items that experice declining prices. This is perfect time for a new player to start - gathering and processing resources can make a good living. So what is the problem?