Today in the forums, someone was saying the epic flying mount wasn't worth getting the 5k to buy it. They suggested the price lowered so it would be easier for people to buy. Some other posters mentioned the game should be fun and not a grind, it shouldn't be a second job. Apparently those who think WoW is a grind have never played Everquest.
A casual player can achieve many things in Warcraft. They can get to level 70, they can do a little raiding depending on their guild, and they can max out any trade skill. The more in depth you get in the game the further you can progress and get things that are considered special. The epic flying mounts are the best mounts in the game so there should be a little work involved with getting one.
Grumble and I have had our mounts for a few months now but it was about 5 months after we turned lvl 70. Grumble shuffled around his trade skills a bit that cost money and I had some factions I wanted to get exalted with first. Yeah we had to wait a while to get our mounts but now Grumble is happy with what his character does and I am exalted with some factions and have gotten some trade skill recipes not many people have.
Once we were happy with other things we started our grind for our mounts. We decided to save up 10k and buy both at the same time. We didn't want to deal with the "You first" "No, you first" argument lol. We did all of our dailies every day and we also farmed Strath for enchanting mats to sell (along with trying to get the elusive Baron mount). When Grumble was off doing other things I would run through BRD for mats. In under 2 weeks we had enough to get our training, Grumble his Netherray, and me my epic LoLcopter. We have a Druid friend who did the same thing when we were saving and he had his epic flying training the same day we had ours. It isn't hard to do so long as you stay out of the AH unless you are selling. I would send all my money over to an alt and only keep about 50G on me for things like ammo and repairs.
So what do you all think? Is the 5k price tag too high or do you feel the money grind is needed?