It's already way less than 1500 gil for a piece of ore...
"Way less" than 1.5k per silver ore? Even with server differences, I don't know how that's possible.
Anyway, I just thought this was worth considering.. Whether they intend it or not, I think it's fair to say that some
lazy/rich players will buy some things in bulk from NPC (like you said).. The question is how far will that scale slide towards the more typical player.
Sorry you didn't specify which ore, and for some reason (mostly lack of sleep) I assumed you meant iron. I don't buy silver much, so I think it's probably currently around 1000-1300 last I checked, maybe... I don't buy silver much!
I think the reality is, the prices were definitely lowered on purpose, and my initial response was probably not quite on the nose. What I believe they are intending to do is sink some gil in the interim, but in the long term these prices should only act as ceilings. As people realize ore for instance, is in much higher abundance, due to no longer getting oysters and other random junk from mining, and as people start to sell more, the price will steady itself below this ceiling, and most normal players would definitely buy bulk in cheaper quantities.
That said, if you need 1 ore and that's it, chances are your lazy but is going to the vendor now, so it's an occasional trickle of gil out. I don't think their intention is to make a lasting gil sink with vendors though, it's counter-intuitive to the game's overarching design.
Also isn't the 1500 gil the price the vendor will now buy silver ore for? Not sell? I'd look but... need to sleep. /runs away from PC. Edited, Sep 30th 2011 12:59am by RamseySylph