For well over a month now we have seen payouts at a very low amounts and the cost of almost everything go up to exorbitant prices. We were told a month ago that the low payouts were because of the war against botting and that a new weapon on bots should be released within a week and payouts will go back up. In a conversation I had with Lee just before the opening of EA Land he said that he thought bots were not a problem, that if it was made so they could not make enough for time spent they wouldn’t bother. Time over money is what he kept referring to. I argued that even without bots there were ways that people could make considerable amounts of simoleans. I told him about one way that with the payouts the way they were then, a player could make 45k an hour. I also told him there were other ways and that it would be a big mistake for EA to introduce the buybacks under their present system. After about an hour of copping crap from him and other people in the community store, Lee said that I was absolutely right in everything I had said, and that they would have to think more seriously about the buybacks. He then called me a good sport and gave me four gnomes, lol. I believe that they still did dramatically underestimate the amount of simoleans that could be made. There are heaps of people who have in the hundreds of thousands of simoleans and some in the millions and are holding onto that money waiting for the buyback to start. I would estimate that with that and all the simoleans that other people have, thousands of players with maybe just a few thousand. That there would easily be in the tens of millions. Making it likely that EA would have to payout in the tens of thousands of real dollars if they introduce the buybacks. They have raised prices on almost everything they can in an attempt to drain simoleans. I don’t think they allowed for the influx of items from the old cities and the prices they would sell for. They should have learned from the TC and TC3 merge with that. They have lowered payouts to try to stop the flow of simoleans into the game. Personally I feel that even at the payout level where it is now there would still be an unacceptable amount being produced. I think they over estimated the amount that people would be willing to sit at a computer and work for. Looking around in the game seeing how many sims are working at growing their wealth, and how much is being spent, I would say that there is still more simoleans going into the economy than out. The devs are working hard on other things yes, and I have to say they are doing a very good job at that as well. They are also working on the economy, and what they are doing there does not appear to be working. I think it’s time they came clean with us and let us know what is going on. They were in TC3 very open with us about the economy, kept us well informed on how it was going. Why not now with EA Land when it counts. Share the bad news with us as well as the good. I am not one that chooses to believe that the high prices and low payouts are EA just being greedy and only trying to make as much out of us as they can. I have posted this because I think there is an urgency for something to be done about this now, before there is a mass exit from the game. We need some sort of explanation as to what is going on. We need to know the plan.