I think the items in the store have become WAY too expensive. I've seen a chair go from 250 to 1000 (just because its part of a new DLC) Why? I'm sure ESO has realized by now that housing is becoming a gold mine for them. This is not to mention armor/weps etc. People want stuff...How many crowns have you bought so far this month? You paid real money for them...and then just gave them back!
I simply calculate what the chair (or whatever) costs in real money for me (since all crowns are real money). And when a digital furniture starts to come in the same ballpark as a cheap real life ikea chair... I roll my eyes and just move on and do without the pixels. Sure some people might find them worth it with their budget. All the luck to them, hope they enjoy it. But I agree that store prices for what you get are way out of whack for me. There is very little in the store worth it's price to me personally. So I simply pretend it isn't there and judge the game on what's left.
You ask how many Crowns I bought this month.
1) I have ESO+ so I receive 1,500 Crowns per month
2) I only but Crowns when they go on sale. Then I stock up.
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Meet the LOST family: CP 810+ ( only took me 4 years to get to max CP )
Easily Lost Crafter - lvl 50 - Sorcerer High Elf ( knows all traits and most styles )
Easily Lost II - lvl 50 - Sorcerer High Elf
Easily Lost V - lvl 50 - Sorcerer High Elf
Always Lost X - lvl 24 - Warden Nord
Forever Lost II - lvl 50 - Sorcerer High Elf
As you can tell I love Sorcerers and High Elves
CROWN CRATES: It doesn't affect gameplay, it's not mandatory, it's cosmetic only. If it helps to support the game and ZOS, I support it! Say YES to crown crates.