There are many players that do indeed help newer players out with gear. I am one of those, I just cant do it for everyone. So I have to evaluate a few factors. One is this player truly new? Two is the player going to be truly appreciative, or will they learn the wrong lesson and become a beggar or someone that expects the handouts? (seen this go both ways not just in SB). Three will they continue to play or is my gold being wasted? However I do see that prices can be extremely high at times, but what I see in many new players or worse returning players from years ago, is that they want the high end stuff "today" they sometimes don't have the patience to build up a tad. So the impatient people tend to be the most frustrated over the price of an item cause they don't want to work for it. I have seen the opposite too where a returning player works their butt off to get the gold they need. I will not name anyone here, but player X I just recently seen farmed for weeks in lower dungeon and was able to get a rapid bike and pet well before my main did when I returned. Granted I farmed a lot too, apparently I wasn't either as lucky on drops or wasn't as dedicated to the farming time as he was. So prices can be a double edged sword, hard to fight against it either way you look at it.