With MTGO “for profit” grinders complaining that WotC “Tuk ur jubs” to make money, I just want to think this through.
This point of MTGO grinding is to enter into events, open good cards and win packs. Then flip the winnings and money cards opened into cash/more tix to bots so that you can “go infinite”. By going infinite, that means that you do well enough that you don’t have to pay for events and have enough product so that you’re not spending any money.
You’re profiting off of a service that requires resources to run. You’re not giving anything back that provides the system but your goal is to take money out of the system. You take that money to pay rent/utilities/food. Might be missing a few details here but I believe that’s the goal.
Now, I belong to a club which has a restaurant that services two floors: a main fine dining room and a pub-like room upstairs. Now, the service upstairs is slow because the kitchen is downstairs and a bunch of other reasons. If it’s a busy night upstairs for dinner, then sometimes there are hour long waits to get food. This is unacceptable for a restaurant. There’s an idea to build a kitchen upstairs to service the pub area but, they’re going to have to remove the salad bar that’s up there.
A subsection of people are up in arms and are very vocal. They are the people who use the salad bar everyday for lunch, but aren’t really around for other times. How dare they A) “fix” a problem they don’t see so obviously very often so it doesn’t really exist and B) take away something they use. The main reason for getting rid of the salad bar for the kitchen is because the salad bar loses a ton of money for the club. Thousands of dollars a month.
With a salad bar you have serve fresh food every day; you can’t use yesterday’s food on every item you use. Fresh food costs more money. With a service that requires multiple offerings of fresh food a day, it can get pretty expensive, especially if only a percentage of your customers use it. The revenue generated from the salad bar should be greater than what it is. Why?
"But," the concerned members outcry, "what about us?" They tell stories about how they go to the salad bar every day because it’s such a great deal. This is the only place where you can load up on extra food for such a low price. If you only use one piece of bread for an open-face sandwich instead of using two, it doesn’t cost a full sandwich as it counts as a piece of toast. You can fill up your plate full of everything since there’s nothing stopping how much you can take. If you know the ropes, you can find some many ways to get what you want. You are literately getting positive EV on your salad bar trip. But you’re doing it at the cost of the club you’re part of.
Everyone else is complaining about why can’t they get good service when they’re up the pub for dinner. With the new kitchen, they can offer new types of food and have faster service. All the salad bar people complain: “Why are you taking our good deal from us?”
I know this isn’t a direct parable, but it’s a true one.