Having read your feedback on the Forums, we planned a change to the price of Summoning shards. Today, this change has been made, alongside a few others...
Shard Price Reduction:
The price of shards has halved, taking them from 50gp to 25gp. You may purchase these shards from Pikkupstix in Taverley.
Those of you who purchased shards at 50gp will not be disappointed. When you next log into the game, we will calculate approximately how many spirit shards you have bought and used at the increased price. Pikkupstix will then offer you an appropriate number of spirit shards. This is to compensate you for the reduction in price.
Increase to Grand Exchange Buy Limits:
Many of Summoning's secondary ingredients were not classed as raw materials on the Grand Exchange. This meant that players were limited to selling 100 of any item at one time. This cap has been lifted and you can now buy or sell Summoning secondary ingredients in larger quantities.
Secondary Item Price Changes:
We have revised the prices of several Summoning secondary items on the Grand Exchange. Demand has increased for several of these items, so the Grand Exchange now reflects this. Examples include:
The examples mentioned here have increased to 200gp each, although other secondary items may have different values. Additionally, the value of these secondary items may increase or decrease by more than the normal 5% Grand Exchange margins.
Object Config Price Changes:
We have amended the object prices of several Summoning pouches, so that they are based on their shard requirements.
Reminder About Summoning Costs:
A lot of people are looking at the skill and calculating how many shards they are going to need to level it up, multiplying that by the cost per shard, and coming to the conclusion that raising Summoning to 99 is going to be very expensive.
The key point, that is easy to miss, is the fact that completed pouches are extremely powerful. They aren't just junk to throw away! In fact, you can make at least as much money from using a completed pouch as it costs to make in the first place. For example, if you summon a creature to fight alongside you, the increased rate at which you can collect monster drops balances out against the initial cost of the pouch.
If you summon a creature to carry items for you, the increased rate at which you can runecraft, or collect items, gives you back as much money as the pouch cost. These are just two examples of the countless ways that the Summoning skill can help you make money more effectively. We had to make the cost high, because the rewards are so high!