Own a Piece of World of Warcraft History and Help Support Pencils of Promise

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    Own a Piece of World of Warcraft History and Help Support Pencils of Promise
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker
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    It’s been a truly epic 15 years of World of Warcraft—and what better way to commemorate this momentous event than to purchase a piece of WoW history, all while benefitting a great cause.

    We’ve preserved a number of retired HP server blades that once hosted World of Warcraft realms, and you can purchase one Friday, September 13 at 19:00 CEST and Wednesday, September 18 at 02:00 CEST on the Blizzard Gear Store to support Pencils of Promise, a global education organization creating schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For a limited time, a small numberof these special anniversary server blades will be available for purchase and 100% of the sale price of each blade less shipping and handling will be donated to Pencils of Promise. *

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    FAQ

    Q: Who is Pencils of Promise?
    A:
    In their own words: Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children around the world. PoP works with communities to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for students, no matter where they are born or what resources they have. To date, PoP has built more than 500 schools and currently serves more than 100,000 students throughout Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, establishing itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change. Learn more at www.pencilsofpromise.org.

    Q: How much of my money goes to Pencils of Promise?
    A:
    Pencils of Promise will receive 100% of the sale price, less any manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and Value Added Taxes (VAT).

    Q: What is a server blade?
    A: World of Warcraft realms are hosted on HP BladeSystem, which combines server, storage, network, power, and management capabilities into an integrated system. These blades were part of the hardware that provided the processing power to run the game from 2010-2016.

    Q. Will I be able to purchase a specific server blade?
    A. Due to advancements in the technology behind World of Warcraft and the ability to host many realms on one blade, there’s no way to guarantee purchasers will receive a server blade that previously hosted a specific realm they were interested in.

    Q: What does the server blade come with?
    A:Each blade server comes with a decorated plexi-glass cover and a World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary plaque.

    Q: Is the server blade functional?
    A:The server blade is not functional and contains no data. This retired HP server blade is intended only to be a unique collector’s item and not a piece of functioning hardware.

    Q: Do I have to pay for shipping?
    A: Yes, purchasers will have to pay for shipping. All shipments will be made from the United States.

    Q: When will I receive my World of Warcraft server blade if I purchase one?
    A: Barring unanticipated circumstances, the expected delivery time for items is 12–15 weeks after the final payment is received and acknowledged.

    Q: How will my World of Warcraft server blade be shipped?
    A:Your World of Warcraft server blade will ship in custom 15th anniversary packaging and a brown box with foam padding to help protect it during shipping.

    Q: What should I do if I have any issues with my order?
    A:If you encounter any issues with your World of Warcraft server blade order, contact customer service for assistance.

    *Donation excludes manufacturing and freight to warehouse costs, chargebacks, refunds, and value added tax; purchaser shall pay shipping costs. Sale ends September 24, 2019, or while supplies last.

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  2. Warglave

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    Why don't I see a price anywhere?
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 12, 2019, Original Post Date: Sep 12, 2019 ---
    aaaannnnd…..

    :Seriously?:
     
  3. Sin'dor

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    I'm confused by the complete lack of any phrasing that might imply an "auction" for these things... how the hell can their Gear Store possibly "price" such limited-quantity items effectively? :confused:
     
  4. Speratic

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    What do you guys think people will pay for em
     
  5. Piffin

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    They don’t really do anything totally non functional.I guess folks might still pay $500 a piece.
     
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    Back when Blizzard™ auctioned-off the old "single-realm" server blades, rich folks were bidding $2000-$3000 to get "their" realm... but I doubt that the new ones would trigger that level of sentimentality in anyone.
    That seems logical... Blizzard™ already charges $450 for a mass-produced D.Va collectible, so I could totally see them asking for $500 just to see how quickly the first batch sells-out.
     
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    Sell piece of useless trash for 500,
    Nerds fighting to buy them,
    Profit = ???
     
  8. hom

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    It's useless junk that's been put together in a case quite nicely.

    It either gets melted down for the metal/thrown into landfill. Instead they're putting the profits to charity by selling the item. I don't have any issues with this.

    It looks pretty neat & will hold some sentimental value to those that have spent years playing the game.

    It's a shame they don't have specific servers but I guess this is down to the cross realm/sharding that's happened since Cata/MoP.
     
  9. Sin'dor

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    The rush jammed-up the store for quite a while... but it eventually started working:

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    Not interested-enough to buy one myself... but at $300 I could see them selling pretty quick.
    (Certainly cooler than spending it on one of their little statues!)

    I wonder how many they actually have?
     

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