Kiss These Items Goodbye!

Discussion in 'Team Fortress 2 Talk' started by tf2.com, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. tf2.com

    tf2.com L11: Posh Member

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    Bidwell was taking stock of some of our older merchandise this week and found out some idiot's been using one of our warehouses to store pallets of spoiled mayonnaise. Raccoons all over the place. Fancy Fedoras, Prussian Pickehaubes, Football Helmets -- these items were part of Mann Co. history. Some of them were the first items we ever shipped. They deserved a better end than rotting in a puddle of rotten condiments and raccoon poop, let me tell you.

    Here's a complete list of all the stock we lost: BATTER’S HELMET, SOLDIER’S STASH, PYRO’S BEANIE, DEMOMAN’S FRO, FOOTBALL HELMET, MINING LIGHT, PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE, TROPHY BELT and FANCY FEDORA. That's right, folks: These hats are gone.

    For the next two weeks, we're selling anything in the warehouse that wasn't damaged. Purchase and craft these things while you can, because once the two weeks are up I'm burning the warehouse down. Also, I don't know if you can get rabies from wearing a hat that a raccoon bit, but if you can don't come crying to me about it. If you don't want your hats to give you diseases, don't buy them out of warehouses, that's my advice. That's just one of the reasons I wear as few clothes as possible at all times. Never been sick in my life.

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    Item retirement FAQ


    Q: What is happening to this set of nine hats in two weeks?
    A: These items will no longer be sold in the store, randomly dropped, unboxed as unusuals, or acquired through crafting.


    Q: What happens to copies of these items that are already in my backpack?
    A: All existing copies of the items will remain unaffected.


    Q: What about older crates that have these items as a potential drop?
    A: Crates that contain these items will still have a chance at unboxing them in normal quality only.


    Q: How will I now acquire these items?
    A: These items are still useable in trading.


    Q: Will these items ever come out of retirement?
    A: No. Once an item is retired it will stay that way.


    Q: Will more items be retired in the future?
    A: Advance notice will be given if any other items will be retired.




    Source: TF2.com
     
  2. Faux Rhinoceros

    aa Faux Rhinoceros Also known as Dr. Element

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  3. henke37

    aa henke37

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    This is bound to screw with the free market. Valve has such a fun kind of humor. They do the most interesting tests.
     
  4. Shanghai

    Shanghai L6: Sharp Member

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    I was just thinking the same thing. There's no other purpose to this than assigning hats a value.
     
  5. Tarry H Sruman

    Tarry H Sruman Large Orphanage Proprietor

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    Goddamn socialists interfering in the free market.
     
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  6. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Yea, what's the point in this other than in jiggling with the meta-physical value of hats.
     
  7. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    Ah artificial scarcity, the cornerstone of capitalism!
     
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  8. Vaconcovat

    Vaconcovat L3: Member

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    Thank god they didn't make the existing ones vintage.

    This is a shame, these early hats are some of the ones that actually fit the artstyle and characters :(
     
  9. Bermuda Cake

    Bermuda Cake L9: Fashionable Member

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    They're not likely to do this with any of the other hats, what community content creator would agree to taking their hat off the store?
     
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  10. Little Dude

    Little Dude L4: Comfortable Member

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    Maybe valve ran out of hat memory
     
  11. Wander

    Wander L3: Member

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    Stats.tf has more than 100 000 fedoras indexed, so it's not like they're going to be rare or hard to obtain, same for the other 8 hats

    If anything, this is a step closer to making crafting a random hat fun again, as most people don't do it because they're afraid they'll get a worthless old hat like these
     
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  12. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    You heard it here folks, people care more about what they can sell it for, rather than whether it looks good!
     
  13. tyler

    aa tyler snail prince, master of a ruined tower

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  14. Tarry H Sruman

    Tarry H Sruman Large Orphanage Proprietor

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    Don't pretend that this hasn't always been the case.
     
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  15. Wander

    Wander L3: Member

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    My comment had absolutely nothing to do with selling items.
    Who says other items don't look just as good or even better?

    If you play the lottery, would you rather win a worthless but pretty sock (of which you already have a dozen), or a slightly more valuable and also pretty bike?

    Most people already have at least 1 of those 9 hats, and if you don't and you find one pretty, you have no problem buying them
    I doubt there are a lot of people who would enjoy getting one of those hats when crafting 3 refined together
    I stopped crafting 3 refined into a hat because too often it's some old hat that I've already seen before, and this update will make that happen less often
     
  16. fubarFX

    aa fubarFX The "raw" in "nodraw"

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    my green energy batter's helm will go up in value now :D
    this is very good news
     
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  17. EArkham

    aa EArkham Necromancer

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    I happened to have TF2 warehouse opened in a tab when I saw this news, so I started watching their stock of vintage versions of these hats. They went from nearly overstocked (60-70) to 0 within an hour.

    Grabbed a couple myself for the hell of it. I don't know why the value of the vintage versions would change, but stupid things happen in the world of TF2 trading. Worst case scenario I trade them back to the warehouse and get something I actually want.

    I seriously doubt Valve would remove community created hats. This is pretty clearly some sort of economic experiment of theirs, but what they're hoping to see is anybody's guess.
     
  18. GPuzzle

    GPuzzle L9: Fashionable Member

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    The only plausible explanation for removing nine hats is that they need more space...
    FOR MORE HATS!
     
  19. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    If that was the case you should have used a word that doesn't imply trading value.
     
  20. Trotim

    aa Trotim

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    I wonder when they'll start introducing a weapon rotation