This issue first came to light with the worm farms, but now I see it in pretty much every aspect of fish hunt and gold hunt... I'm not going to crunch numbers here, cuz that's just boring to read, but I think you'll see my point. Does anyone actually do the math to see what it costs to win contests, or produce goods?
Players sell worms for less than it costs to grow them, so it takes days to actually LOSE money. The farms never pay for themselves, unless like me you just stop selling the worms and fish with them instead, increasing your fishing profit a little. Then it only takes MONTHS for the farms to pay for themselves. lol
Players are crafting items to sell, for less than it costs to buy the ingredients that go in them. Even if they collect ALL the ingredients and only have to buy the recipes, they are not taking into account the rent they pay either for the land the snuffles are on, or the land their shop is on where they sell their stuff, OR THEIR TIME. Maybe they consider it part of the cost of buying traffic, but some of them dont actually offer any other product or service, so what are they driving traffic to? lol
Players are now also investing hundreds of lindens on potions to win the royal hunt contests, and winning less in prize money than it cost them to come in first place...lol
The problem with all this in my opinion, is that is screws the economy for everyone, not just for them. It devalues all off the products and services, reduces overall prize money for everyone, and makes many of the lgh activities a total waste of time. These players have decided their time isnt worth anything, and so make everyone else's time worthless in the process.