World of Warcraft Gold Survey

Notice

The 2013 survey has now concluded, read the World of Warcraft 2013 Gold Report

Important!

As of 2013 The World of Warcraft Wealth Survey will now be called The World of Warcraft Gold and Demographics Survey in an attempt to better suit the name to it’s purpose.

The World of Warcraft Gold Survey is a project aimed at measuring the current economic status of players in World of Warcraft. The survey aims to identify the average players wealth, wealth distribution, and trends including historical and correlation between wealth and the activities players participate in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the point of the survey?

As stated in the opening this survey aims to gather information about the player base’s gold, analyze gold distribution, look for trends, and compare to past data (think inflation). This survey is simply to sate curiosity and provide a better look at what players have in their pockets. This survey is not associated with any organization, school, or formal study.

Why do you host it on your site and not something like SurveyMonkey?

While SurveyMonkey advertises free services they only include up to 100 responses, anything more than that and a paid subscription is needed. Since this is the only survey I do per year I’d need a subscription billed per month, and the only plan that offers that costs $25/month for 1000 responses and charges an additional $0.15 per response. If I had opted to use this for the 2012 survey which had 11,344 results collected, I would have been set back $1576.60 (or $348.00 for a year of unlimited surveys) which is something I obviously would want to avoid. This leaves me with hosting the survey on my own domain which not only doesn’t cost me a cent but allows me greater control. Rest assured that results are still anonymous and no identifying information will be collected.

What can I do to help?

Completing the survey to the best of your ability is the best way to help. If you own a blog or run/contribute to a news site I’d love all the help I can get advertising the survey when it’s live.

Results

2012: Report: World of Warcraft Gold Survey 2012

2011: Report: World of Warcraft Gold Survey 2011

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  1. Denise Durband

    This saddens me. I really wanted to take part in this survey. Hope you have more soon. Thanks

  2. Kurzaa

    Just participated in the survey, saw the link on the Undermine Journal. Some comments which are probably to late for this year, but you might want to ask “when” you first started making gold. For instance, despite starting just before BC, it wasn’t until the 4.2 patch that I started making real gold in WoW. Prior to that, the majority of my gold came from leveling alts.

    Also, you for following gold blogs, I have read yours once or twice, but I don’t really follow it. You might consider adding an occasional read to the yes/no questions.

    Just a thought.

    1. Eric Dekker

      I tried to avoid asking about any specific blogs and just stick to the more commercial blogs. Asking about how long someone has been playing would be interesting though possible tricky to pin down

  3. Gormanghaste

    Was not able to complete the survey, as I remember I started playing in early BC, but don’t know what year that was.

    1. Eric Dekker

      It’s really not a big deal if you have to guess how long you’ve been playing so long as you can get it within an expansion haha

  4. j

    for the last question in yer survey you need to explain concepts like boting or dupping .

    1. Setari

      If you really need someone to explain botting or duping you need to go play another game.

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