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For those unfamiliar with the game, there are two types of in game currency, bound and unbound. Bound is money you receive from NPCs for doing quests and the like. As it's name implies it's not tradeable.
Money Translations(I use in my head):
1000 of each nets 1 of the next I believe.
Cash shop trades 1 of their currency for 10 liang. (about 30 cents per cash shop currency)
Unbound sources are kidnaps which net around 5 to 25 liang for a VIP member, and negligible amounts for non-vip. When you character is offline it can also generate unbound money. The most I've received for being offline is about 2 liang.
So my question is, where does the money come from? Items are frequently priced around the 1 ding mark, and recently up to 2.5 ding. Items from the item shop like clothing are sold about 200 liang, horses about 350 liang.
But...where is the money coming from?
Drop the next-gen marketing and people will argue if the game itself has merit.